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2020 UDFAs

Posted: May 3rd, 2020 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 12 Comments

The Eagles usually do a pretty good job with undrafted free agents. They find players who fit their schemes and they coach them up, giving them a legitimate chance to compete for roster spots.

Let’s take a look at this year’s class.

DB Grayland Arnold, Baylor – 5-9, 186 – Versatile DB. Played CB, slot and safety. At his best playing off the ball and watching the QB. Has good instincts and a nose for the ball. Picked off 6 passes in 2019. Ran 4.65 at the Combine so he’ll likely be playing safety for the Eagles. I think he’s got a chance to make it in the NFL. Biggest issue will be tackling. Arnold runs to the target, not through it. A player with his skills, ability and background won’t be able to get away with that in the NFL. Dangerous player when the ball is in his hands. Also a talented punt returner.

WR Manasseh Bailey, Morgan State – 6-1, 195 – Outstanding FCS player. Good vertical receiver. Averaged 19 yards per catch over the past two seasons. Does a good job of tracking the ball. Has a chance to make it in the NFL due to a good combination of size and speed and the fact he is good on special teams. Guys fighting for roster spots must contribute on ST. Bailey blocked two kicks as a senior.

G Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State – 6-5, 313 – Played LT for ISU. Does not have the foot speed or athleticism to play there in the NFL. Watch him against Iowa DE AJ Epenesa and Good-Jones was totally overmatched. Good-Jones started 49 games and did play center early on in his career. He is a smart, experienced blocker. Comes off the ball well on run plays. No chance at OT in the NFL, but could make it at G or C.

CB Michael Jacquet, Louisiana-Lafayette – 6-1, 195 -Former WR played CB the past two years. Good size. Played the boundary corner for ULL in 2019 (limited safety help to the short side of the field). Didn’t get many balls thrown his way. Press corner with good hands. Pretty good movement skills. Speed is a concern. Not sure how fast he is. Inconsistent tackler. Solid ST’er. If he runs well enough, might be worth developing.

C Luke Juriga, Western Michigan – 6-3, 301 – Started 52 games at both G and C. Bulked up and now has thick lower body. Effective on pulls. Works hard to sustain blocks. Has a nasty streak. Has NFL potential.

RB Adrian Killins, Central Florida – 5-7, 162 – Tiny, but explosive RB. Killins has a track background. As a prepster, he was a two-time Florida high school state 3A champion in the 200-meter dash and also the runner-up in the 100-meters. Florida might have the best athletes in the country so that should give you an idea that Killins’ speed is special. Killins averaged seven yards a carry for Central Florida last year. He averaged 12 yards per reception for his career. He ran a kickoff back for a TD. Killins was a threat to make a big play every time he touched the ball. Perfect player to put on the practice squad. Good for practice and might develop enough to win a roster spot in the future.

LB Dante Olson, Montana – 6-2, 237 – Terrific FCS player who has an uphill battle to make it in the NFL. Athleticism is the big question. Physical tackler. Big hitter. Lacks ideal speed, range. Ran 4.88 at the Combine. Did have a good VJ (42 inches) and 3-cone (7.0). Shows some potential in coverage. Uses instincts to be at the right spot. Won the Buck Buchanan Award as the best defensive player in FCS last year. Played more of an OLB spot in college. I think he projects to MLB with the Eagles.

DB Elijah Riley, Army – 5-11, 209 – Playmaking CB and team captain. Very productive in 2019. Third on the team in tackles. Had 4 sacks, 3 INTs and 3 FFs. Good hitter and tackler. Size and skill set might have him moving to safety in the NFL.

DB Prince Smith, New Hampshire – 5-10, 185 – Playmaking CB with a nose for the ball. Picked off 11 passes in his career. Attacks the ball and has good hands. Good agility. Smooth hips. Good burst. Long speed is a question. Solid tackler. Philly native. Has a chance because of his instincts and playmaking ability.

WR Khalil Tate, Arizona – 6-2, 215 – Tate was arguably the most dynamic player in all of college football back in 2017. You had to catch part of any Arizona game that was on late on Saturday night so you could see him in action. Tate averaged 9.2 yards per carry in 2017. As amazing as that number is, think about this. In college, sacks count against QB rushing totals. If remove sacks, Tate averaged 11.4 yards per carry. That’s insane. He was absolutely dynamic on the move. The Eagles now want to find a way to develop that ability and use it at receiver. Tate is very much a project, but he’s got tremendous upside. The Eagles developed Greg Ward from college QB to NFL receiver so this can be done. And Tate is a level up from Ward in terms of size and ability.

TE Noah Togiai, Oregon State – 6-4, 244 – Pass-catching TE with some athletic ability. Caught 102 passes in his career. OSU would send him down the field at times and Togiai looked natural as a vertical receiver. The Eagles do the same thing so Togiai is a good fit from that perspective. Good hands. Mainly plays flexed out. Blocking will need work. Good practice squad prospect.

RB Michael Warren, Cincinnati – 5-9, 226 – Warren is a short, thick back at 5-9, 226. He averaged almost 20 carries a game over the last two seasons at Cincinnati. Warren isn’t as physical as Jordan Howard, but he does break tackles and would instantly be the heaviest of the Eagles RBs. Warren isn’t just a pounder. He has good feet and delivered more long runs than I expected. He has good vision and a nice burst. He doesn’t have much wiggle. Isn’t going to make many guys miss in space. Has a legit shot to make the roster.

DT Raequan Williams, Michigan State – 6-4, 308 – I was surprised that Williams went undrafted. He was a terrific player for MSU and a high character guy. Good inside pass rusher, with 11.5 career sacks. Tough, physical player. Fights to get off blocks. Uses his hands well. Okay quickness. Good motor. Will chase the ball. Had 5 sacks last year. Good pad level. Not ideal vs double teams, but will get low and fight to hold his ground. Good fit for the Eagles 1-gap scheme and attacking style. The team is deep at DT, but Williams could be practice squad material.


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