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Eagles' undrafted rookie free agent tracker

Eagles' undrafted rookie free agent tracker

The NFL draft ended today and the Eagles walked away from it with five players, but that doesn’t mean their work is done. 

Now, they have started to sign undrafted rookie free agents. 

Coming into the draft, the Eagles had 75 players on their roster. Then they drafted five players and traded for another. So they have nine available roster spots before reaching the 90-man maximum at this time of year. 

In recent years, the Eagles have found players like Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Tre Sullivan and Bruce Hector as undrafted free agents. 

We’ll update this tracker as more reports of undrafted players coming to Philadelphia surface:

T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin (Source: Wisconsin football
Edwards, a four-year starter at Wisconsin, was very productive throughout his college career, with 366 total tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions. Although he isn’t a freak athlete, the 6-0, 230-pound linebacker had great production in college and showed coverage ability. He was a player who very well could have been drafted. 

Anthony Rush, DT, UAB (Source: Terez A. Paylor, Yahoo) 
At 6-5, 350 pounds, Rush is clearly more of a run-stuffing defensive lineman. In his two seasons at UAB, Rush had 43 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He went to UAB after going to Northeast Mississippi Community College. 

Kevin Wilkins, DT, Rutgers (Source: Mike Jones, USA Today) 
In his four seasons at Rutgers, Wilkins (6-2, 300) had just two sacks, but had 20 tackles for loss and 122 total tackles. He apparently had a good showing at the East-West Shrine Game. 

Jamalcolm Liggins, CB, Dickinson State (Source: Conor Orr, MMQB) 
The small school defensive back has an interesting story and will face an uphill battle to latch on with the Eagles. From the NAIA, Liggins was able to compete at the North Dakota State pro day. We know the Eagles don’t sleep on NDSU. 

Ryan Bates, OT, Penn State (Source: NFL Draft Diamonds)
After not drafting any interior offensive linemen, Bates might have a decent shot at making the Eagles’ roster. Another local kid, Bates went to Archbishop Wood before Penn State. He was a tackle in college, but projects as a guard at the next level. 

DeAndre Thompkins, WR, Penn State (Source: Jared Stanger, SeaMocks.com)
How many Penn State kids are the Eagles going to bring in? In four years at Happy Valley, Thompkins caught 83 passes for 1,245 yards and six touchdowns. His best season came as a junior in 2017 (28/443/3). He was also a punt returner for the Nittany Lions. He returned 66 punts for an average of 10.2 yards and two for touchdowns. 

Nate Herbig, OL, Stanford (Source: Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)
The 6-3, 335-pound guard from Hawaii started just seven games in 2018 because of injuries. In 2017, he started 13 and was an all-conference player. He’s a true guard and has the build to prove it. There’s a need for interior depth and maybe he has a good shot. 

Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford (Source: Jordan Ranaan, ESPN)
A new-age linebacker, Alfieri is 6-3 and just 239 pounds, but ran a 4.49 at Stanford’s pro day. He had 34 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks as a senior. Because of the lack of true starters at the position, a bunch of depth players will be fighting for roster spots and playing time. 

Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State (Source: Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
Opeta is a 6-4, 301-pound guard who put up an impressive 39 reps on the bench and still ran a 5.02 40-yard dash. He actually started his college career as a defensive lineman but moved to offensive line, where he played tackle. He will probably need to get bigger for his move to guard, but the Eagles seem to like him. According to Wilson, they also ponied up $55K in guaranteed base salary and $25K in signing bonus — $80K is a good chunk of change for an undrafted guard. 

Casey Tucker, OL, Arizona State (Source: Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic)
Tucker makes it four undrafted free agent offensive linemen for the Eagles. Tucker, who stands 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, played three years at Stanford before finishing his eligibility this past season at Arizona State, where he started all year. But despite great size, Tucker doesn’t have the athleticism or technique to warrant getting drafted. But he does have enough tools to warrant a look from the Eagles this summer.

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NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 2.0: Some new names linked to Eagles

NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 2.0: Some new names linked to Eagles

As the football world takes over Mobile, Alabama, this week for Senior Bowl, we’re now in full mock draft season. 

We still have months before the 2020 draft but that hasn’t stopped the internet from doing what it does best: mock drafts! 

Here’s the latest roundup of possibilities for the Eagles with the 21st pick in April: 

NBC Sports Washington, Tyler Roman

Xavier McKinney, CB, Alabama

What they said: It’s no secret that the Eagles had one of the worst secondaries in the league this year, so it would make sense to rectify it this off-season. McKinney is a versatile chess piece for a team that really needs talent on the backend. McKinney can cover the slot and hold his own against the run, he’s the prototypical safety prospect for today’s NFL.

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Xavier McKinney, CB, Alabama 

What they said: 32-year-old safety Malcolm Jenkins would like a new deal and Rodney McLoud could be headed for free agency. The Eagles would love to upgrade the cornerback position but three of the top CBs are already off the board. McKinney is a top-flight safety, and could possibly emerge as the top safety in the class by draft night.

My take on McKinney: The Eagles definitely need help at the cornerback position. Their two starters from 2019 (Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills) are both set to become free agents in March and it’s not exactly like the Eagles have a bunch of talent waiting in the wings. But they might need safeties too. Malcolm Jenkins said he won’t play on his current contract and Rodney McLeod is going to be a free agent. 

I listed McKinney as a cornerback because both Wilson and Roman did, but he’s really more of a versatile safety who can play everywhere. McKinney is an impressive athlete and the Eagles could plug and play him at a few different spots. In some ways, it’s hard not to see similarities to former Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick because of the versatility. And we’ve seen how Jim Schwartz has been able to use Malcolm Jenkins over the last few years. I think this would be a solid pick. 

San Diego Union-Tribune, Eddie Brown

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

What they said: The Eagles wide receiver corps is in shambles. The inconsistent Nelson Agholor faces free agency while DeSean Jackson isn’t getting any younger (or healthier). Higgins is a big-play machine with elite size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and speed. He has an “above the rim” mentality as a former basketball player and would be a steal this low in the first round. 

SB Nation, Dan Kadar

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

What they said: Higgins may have only had three receptions in Monday night’s national title game, but he still profiles as a No. 1 receiver option in the NFL. As the season wore on, it was obvious that the Eagles need weapons on offense. A receiver like Higgins should be the first of a few added in this draft.

My take on Higgins: He’s been the most popular name mocked to the Eagles in the early mock draft season. It’s obvious the Eagles need receiver help and there are plenty in this draft, especially in the first round. We’ll probably see at least a half dozen receivers go in the first round and Higgins is likely going to be one of them. 

Higgins is big and fast. He really does have a good size/speed combo and there’s a lot to like about him. He’s coming off a great junior season when he had 59 catches for 1,167 yards (19.8) and 13 touchdowns. That’s great production, which used to really matter for the Eagles when Joe Douglas was here. But at his year-end press conference, Howie Roseman noted that production doesn’t always translate and there were successful rookie receivers who weren’t as productive in college. That doesn’t mean production at the college level is a bad thing, but it’s maybe not as important for the Eagles this time around. 

USA Today, Luke Easterling

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU 

My take on Fulton: There were no explanations in this mock draft but we don’t need an explanation of why the Eagles need cornerbacks. They desperately need help at that position. And Fulton is a really good one. He has the potential to be a great man corner in the NFL and he’s coming from a school that has produced a ton of great DBs. He had just two interceptions in his time at LSU, which is noteworthy because he doesn’t appear to be a ballhawk. But he can cover. And the Eagles need guys who can cover. 

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Another candidate for Eagles' offensive coordinator job says nope

Another candidate for Eagles' offensive coordinator job says nope

USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who the Eagles had targeted as a candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy, is staying at USC, according to Bruce Feldman, who covers college football for The Athletic.

The 34-year-old Harrell emerged last week as a candidate, and with his connections to Mike Leach and his Air Raid Offense it made a lot of sense. Leach isn’t technically part of the Andy Reid coaching tree, but he is a student of Reid’s offense, and when he was between the Texas Tech and Washington State jobs he was a guest of Reid, Peterson and Marty Mornhinweg at training camp at Lehigh.

Harrell played for Leach at Texas Tech and coached under him at Washington State. This past year, in his first year as offensive coordinator at USC, the Trojans averaged 32.5 points per game, 35th-best in the FBS, and 454 yards per game, 20th- best.

The Eagles are in the market for an offensive coordinator after firing Mike Groh, who held the position the last two years. It’s been 11 days since the Eagles fired Groh.

Previously, the Eagles had reported interest in Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban, who coached under Reid with the Eagles, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday that Urban would be staying with the Ravens.

The Eagles reportedly are interested in Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, who Reid drafted in 2011. But there’s a chance Reid could block the Eagles from interviewing Kafka if they do formally request permission to interview him.

Does anybody want this job? Why are candidates turning down the Eagles’ advances? 

Head coach Doug Pederson calls the plays here, and working as an offensive coordinator under an offensive coach who calls the plays isn’t always the most desirable job.

Several other candidates who might have made sense have taken other jobs, like Pat Shurmur in Denver, Joe Brady in Carolina and Bill Lazor and John DiFilippo with the Bears

Jim Caldwell, the former Lions head coach who's now quarterbacks coach with the Dolphins, would make a lot of sense. Mike Shula, who was Shurmur's offensive coordinator the last two years with the Giants, is still available, as is former Redskins coach Jay Gruden. 

Internal candidates such as Duce Staley and Press Taylor are already in the building. 

Of the 10 teams in the market for offensive coordinators this offseason, only the Vikings, Jaguars and Eagles have yet to name one. The Jaguars were reportedly interviewing Gruden on Monday.

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