Once projected as a second- or third-round draft pick by NFL scouts, former Maryland linebacker and safety Kenneth Tate will try out with the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at their rookie minicamp, according to a press release on the team Web site.
Tate is listed as one of three safeties on the announcement, his original college position before switching to linebacker. Tate was a consensus first-team all-ACC defensive back in 2010, but has been hampered by knee injuries ever since, playing in just nine games last season. Per the Baltimore Sun, Tate had a cartilage transplant two years ago.
Philadelphia invited 19 tryout players to its camp, and lists six safeties on its 90-man roster, including fifth-round draft pick Earl Wolff (North Carolina State).
Tate becomes the seventh Maryland player to participate in rookie minicamps this season, joining WR Kevin Dorsey (Green Bay Packers), DL Joe Vellano (New England Patriots), TE Matt Furstenburg (Baltimore Ravens), FB Devonte Campbell (Atlanta Falcons), LB Darin Drakeford (Kansas City Chiefs) and DL A.J. Francis (Miami Dolphins). Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield remains an undrafted free agent.