Friday, May 2, 2014
Roseman doesn't like 2014 safety class
By Andy Jasner
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins in March.
Because Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is not enamored with the safeties in the NFL draft looming May 8-10.
"When you talk about the safety class, I don't think it's a good group overall," Roseman said. "I think that you're talking about a drop-off, certainly, when you get into Saturday."
In addition, the Eagles also have returning safeties Earl Wolff and Nate Allen. Wolff was a fifth-round pick a year ago and showed potential before suffering a knee injury in November at Green Bay. Allen recently signed a one-year deal to return to the Eagles.
"Earl and Nate, we're excited about their ability to take a jump," Roseman said. "When we talk about athletic tools and what's in their body, Nate is 6-2, 215, and he's finally in the same system for a second year. You've got to be able to play fast. You've got to be able to not think. It's very hard on a safety going through all those system changes, especially a young player who, he was a quarterback in high school, didn't grow up playing the position.
"And then Earl as a rookie, I thought did a really good job before he got hurt. You talk about a guy who's 215 pounds and runs a 4.4 (40-yard dash). Unbelievable work ethic. Off the charts. We're excited about those guys. That doesn't mean we wouldn't add if it's the best player, but at the same time we expect those guys to take a jump."