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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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