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nephillymike
Took a look at the 15 guys we signed as undrafted college free agents.

The Eagles normally do pretty well at this phase and get a few guys who make significant contributions. Thornton and Polk were highly thought of

This year at first blush, seems to be below our normal level.

First thing that struck me was we did not draft, nor sign an ILB at all. Ryans, Kendrick, Matthews, Knott, and Goode would seem OK, but IMO, it is worth our while to find some gems. And there were some highly rated ILB's that went undrafted.

In order of best to worst, here's what we got:

Keep in mind, 256 players were drafted. If every team picks 10 UDFA, that would mean the top 576 ranked players should either be drafted or sign as UDFA.

OT K. Graf - rated 242nd by draftscout and 290th by Drafttek. NFL.com has him as a prospect with a 50/50 chance of making a roster.

TE T. Burton - rated 308th by draftscout and 354th by Drafttek. Rated as a prospect that should make a roster as a backup and ST contributor by NFL.com

TE B. Annsen - rated 216th by draftscout, 410th by drafttek and as someone who has a 50/50 shot to make a roster by NFL.com

RB D. Fluellen - rated 257th/334th. NFP had him rated as someone draftable in the 5th-7th and someone who would be a solid backup.

S D. Lowe - 333rd by draftscout not in top 450 of the other two.

DT W. Keliikipi, Oregon - was rated a lowly 683rd by draftscout, however he was a highly rated (for UDFA) solid starter after an adjustment period by NFP. Chip knows him we'll see.

The others and their CBS draftscout and drafttek ratings if applicable (top 1000 for CBS, top 400 for Drafttek)

OG's - Andews 566th/N.A, K. Barton 534th, D. Hawkins 525th/399th
WR's - K. Boone 546th/N.A., Q. Pratt 700th
CB - J. Fulton 552nd
RB - H. Josey 522nd
K - C. Spear 881st
DE - F. Mays - not listed in either.

Here's Drafttek's "8th" round which lists the top 50 undrafted players.
http://www.drafttek.com/2014-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round8.asp

Out of those names listed in the artic, here re some favorites
OLB34 - C. Jones, J. Gayle,
ILB - S. Skov
DT - Z. Z. Kerr
DE J. Mauro, A. Hubbard.



Zero
Could be Josey has a chance to not only make the team, but to eventually contribute.
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Josey suffered a horrific knee injury in 2011 that kept him off the football field for 659 days. At the time, Josey was leading the Big 12 -- yep, that long ago -- in rushing and ranked fifth in the nation. When Josey finally made his return to the field in 2013 after three surgeries, he burst back onto the scene with 113 yards rushing in the Tigers' season opener.

Josey went on to finish the season with 1,166 rushing yards (6.70 yards per carry) and 16 rushing touchdowns.

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Henry Josey*, RB, Missouri
Height: 5-8. Weight: 194.
40 Time: 4.43.
Projected Round (2014): 5-7.
5/6/14: In 2013, Josey averaged 6.7 yards per carry with 16 touchdowns and 1,166 yards on the ground. He had 10 catches for 65 yards and a score. Josey showed more signs of his old form in the final month of the season and had 123 yards on nine carries in the SEC Championship. He likely would have benefited from another year at Missouri before going pro, but Josey entered the 2014 NFL Draft.

Size and durability concerns knock Josey down lower, but he has some talent. Josey showed some real speed at the Combine, but his medical evaluations were as critical as the field work. If Josey were bigger and didn't have a bad medical history, he would be selected higher.
Linc ...
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ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS Quick-footed and agile -- smooth handling. Nice one-cut ability and burst through the hole. Good long speed. Averaged 7.4 yards per carry his last two seasons. Did not fumble as a junior. Well-liked and highly respected by teammates and coaches. Exhibited mental toughness persevering through injury.
WEAKNESSES Durability is a concern -- is small-framed and not built to withstand the constant pounding of the pro game. Limited run strength (not a pile mover). Exposes himself to some violent hits. Was used sparingly as a receiver and returner. Benefited from wide splits and light boxes.
DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 6-7
BOTTOM LINE Short, darting, change-of-pace zone runner who will have to carve a niche as a third-down back. With a son to support and the memory of a gruesomely severe knee injury in 2011 (torn ACL, MCL, meniscus and patellar tendon), left school early despite tepid draft projections. Is the type you root for, but will have to prove his chops as a receiver and pass protector to stick.
Linc ...
nephillymike
QUOTE (Zero @ May 15 2014, 05:15 AM) *
Could be Josey has a chance to not only make the team, but to eventually contribute.

Linc ...
Linc ...


Sounds good. If his medical holds up, he could be something.
Zero
QUOTE (nephillymike @ May 15 2014, 06:47 AM) *
Sounds good. If his medical holds up, he could be something.

If he can add some muscle and Chip can get him in space as a receiver he may be a nice situational chess piece.
mcnabbulous
QUOTE (nephillymike @ May 14 2014, 10:24 PM) *
The Eagles normally do pretty well at this phase and get a few guys who make significant contributions. Thornton and Polk were highly thought of

This year at first blush, seems to be below our normal level.

I wonder if this was more of an Andy specialty? He was terrible at drafting early, but had a decent amount of success later in the draft and with UDFA.

make_it_rain
Id go even further and say ILB is more of a need than we think. Ryans has a good locker room presence, etc, but in addition to turning 30 this year really just isn't that good, especially in coverage. He probably has 1, 2 years left tops. He's also a big cap hit as well.

Najee Goode looked decent in the action he saw last year, and supposedly the coaches really like Jake Knott, but hes still basically unknown and suspended the first few games this season anyway.

I'm hoping they bring in someone soon if not for an outright replacement than simply for depth/peace of mind, similar to what they're doing with Daryn Colledge on the OL.
koolaidluke
I think it is probable (not guaranteed, just probable) that the majority of the guys on this list each have 10+ pro-bowl seasons in the NFL.
koolaidluke
QUOTE (make_it_rain @ May 15 2014, 10:16 AM) *
Id go even further and say ILB is more of a need than we think. Ryans has a good locker room presence, etc, but in addition to turning 30 this year really just isn't that good, especially in coverage. He probably has 1, 2 years left tops. He's also a big cap hit as well.


Ryans is shot and I don't think he'll even make the team.

I would like them to start Smith and Cole on the outside and move Barwin inside. He is a shitty edge rusher but could be a force as an interior rusher.
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