INDIANAPOLIS -- This entire week was a pretty big thrill for Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. But one thing in particular really stood out.
He got to meet Brian Dawkins.
As a part of his front office role with the Eagles, Dawkins is in Indianapolis for the combine and has even been sitting in on some player interviews. Awuzie spotted his childhood hero in the hallway of the convention center and introduced himself.
"It was really cool," Awuzie said. "He was one of the guys that made me love football."
There's a pretty fair shot Awuzie, likely to be a third or fourth-round pick, got to see Dawkins again on Sunday night when he had a formal interview with the Eagles. Apparently, Dawkins has been sitting in on some of the formal interviews. There are 330 prospects at the combine, but teams are allowed just 60 15-minute formal interviews.
Awuzie said he thinks the Eagles' scheme would fit him well because the Buffs played a lot of press-man.
"Playing for an organization like Philadelphia would be great," he said. "I looked up to Brian Dawkins when I was a little kid. He was one of the first players that really inspired me to play football and be great. Yeah, it'd be great."
This offseason the Eagles are in desperate need of quality cornerbacks. The good news for them is that this draft class is incredibly deep at the position. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock thinks teams will be able to find starters deep into the middle rounds.
So it wouldn’t be crazy to see the Eagles leave the draft with two corners.
The Eagles will probably really like Awuzie's versatility, a trait the team seems to really value in its defensive backs. Awuzie played outside corner, nickel corner and both safeties positions while at Colorado.
"Teams really don't know what to put me at right now, and that's great for me because I really don't want to be limited," he said. "I'm just a ballplayer. That's been great that I can kind of be a jack of all trades for teams."
While playing a bunch of different positions at Colorado, Awuzie has been a body chameleon. He's played as light as 185 pounds and as heavy at 205. He prides himself on remaining the same physical player despite the weight fluctuation. He said he doesn't have an ideal weight; it just depends on whatever a team asks him to do.
Awuzie was originally going to compete at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, in January but a lingering turf toe injury needed more time to heal. He's going to do every drill in Indy.
"I want to show teams I can play anywhere. I'm versatile," he said. "I have experience playing corner, nickel, both safety positions. I feel like that speaks to my football knowledge. So just getting into my interviews and stuff like that, that's really what I want to show them."