At 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, Tripp would seem to be an ideal fit in the Eagles’ defensive scheme.
Even though Tripp doesn’t come from an elite Division I program, he believes in his ability to perform in the NFL.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I believe that I’m the most versatile linebacker in this draft,” Tripp told FoxSports.com. “I believe I can run and cover better than any linebacker in this draft.”
Tripp reportedly performed well at the NFL Combine, and saw his draft stock rise because of it.
The Eagles were also one of 12 NFL teams who attended Montana’s pro day last month.
“I just want to come in and contribute right away, and I believe that I can,” Tripp told FoxSports.com. “I know I can be an impact player right away. I just need a team to fall in love with me and I’ll get that opportunity.”
Tripp’s ability to be a strong coverage linebacker has to be enticing. He could also play well on special teams, which is something the Eagles like from their players.
Montana is a solid FCS program, but it isn’t Florida State, Alabama or any other top-tier Division I program.
“I think it’s funny that people want to do that,” Tripp told FoxSports.com about where he might project in the NFL draft. “The reason I’m not a first-round pick is because I didn’t play at Alabama or Texas. I don’t think it matters where you play. Everyone who plays football puts their pants on one leg at a time, and you just go play football.”