Cleaning up some unconfirmed reports out there in the blogosphere, one of the draft’s highest-rated prospects, safety Eric Berry, will be busy the next two weeks.
Berry is scheduled to visit the Chiefs, Redskins, Eagles, Browns and Buccaneers, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He visited the Chiefs on Tuesday and will meet with the Redskins on Wednesday. Berry will then meet with the Eagles on April 6, the Browns on April 7 and the Bucs on April 11, according to the source.
There have been rumblings (unconfirmed, hence that word) since last month’s NFL Scouting Combine that Berry has graded out as high as any other defensive player in the draft. NFL Network analyst Charles Davis is buying into that type of grade for Berry, given that general managers have told him the safety projects to have the coverage skills to play some cornerback as well. That factor might help overcome the historical hesitancy for teams to draft safeties so high.
The popular opinion among football minds is that Berry could be drafted as high as No. 3 to the Bucs and might last until the Browns at No. 7. His visits seem to reflect that thinking. The only team not in the top 10 among his scheduled visits is the Eagles (No. 24). Bucky Brooks and Pat Kirwan both have the Browns grabbing Berry at No. 7.
It’s that time of year for prospect visits, and we’ll try to keep you updated. That’s the latest from the NFL travel/news desk.
– Frank Tadych