Eagles to Host Top-Ranked Draft Prospect Berry for Visit and Workout
Over the last week or so, the Eagles have lined up quite a few meetings with players set to be available in the nearing 2010 NFL Draft, but none has been as intriguing and thought-provoking as the one confirmed to have been scheduled today. Eric Berry, considered one of the top-ranked prospects and the most dominant Safety in college since Ed Reed performed in the NCAA over eight years ago, has negotiated with the team and agreed to visit Philadelphia later in the month or early in April. Of course, this news is surely promising, seeing that Berry is projected to immediately impact the defense of whichever professional club he goes to, but it places a big question over what the Eagles are planning to do on Draft day; they hold the 24th pick in the 1st-round, but Berry is all but a lock to go within the first ten selections.
A trade would provide the Eagles with a legitimate chance of nabbing Berry, but for now, the focus is going to be on how he performs in front of the Birds’ staff when he visits. While at the NovaCare Complex practice facility in Philly, he is expected to run through various drills and routines testing physical skills and attributes. In addition, it has been mentioned he is likely to sit down with members of the team personnel and front office and discuss a variety of things (which could range everywhere from contract expectations to where the defender feels comfortable playing in the secondary).
Also scheduled to visit with the Browns, Buccaneers, and Chiefs, Berry (pictured) has impressive collegiate credentials. In his three seasons with the University of Tennessee, the 6-foot, 200-pound defensive back notched 241 total tackles and 14 interceptions (seven of which came in his astounding ’08 campaign). Three sacks, a forced fumble, and trio of touchdowns add to his phenomenal statistical record, which also helped him garner various All-American honors and other prestigious awards. He has been ranked among the best defensive players set to be in the Draft by many professional scouts and analysts, and has widely been regarded as the best Safety.