Just when you were lulled into the last few days of pre-camp quiet, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to make a move. On Wednesday, the team announced that they had signed rookie free agent T Michael Bamiro.
Bamiro was a 2012 first-team All-Big South selection out of Stony Brook. He made 33 consecutive starts at right tackle for the Seawolves and blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers in each of his three seasons (six total) with the team. He appeared in 11 games (making 10 starts) as a redshirt freshman and earned the program’s offensive rookie of the year award.
According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports (via Birds 24/7), the 6-8, 335 lb. Bomiro 15-20 NFL teams (including the Giants and Redskins) attended the Stony Brook player’s workout last week, and he caused quite a stir. Per Rang,
Bamiro did not participate in any timed events but did impress with his athleticism and balance during positional drills. Scouts were also excited by Bamiro’s incredibly long arms. Measuring in at 36 1/8,” Bamiro would have ranked third among all players tested at the 2013 combine, behind D.J. Fluker (36 3/4“), Malliciah Goodman (36 3/8″) and Rogers Gaines (36 1/4″).
With his talent and lack of character concerns heading into the supplemental draft, Bamiro was a unique target heading into this year’s supplemental draft, thus the immense interest from around the league.
The importance of Philadelphia’s o-line heading into the 2013 season cannot be overstated. After the line was torn to shreds by injury in 2012, contributing to an abysmal 4-12 record, this year means that the line will again be tasked with either the challenge of protecting Mike Vick, should he win the quarterback slot, or protecting a young and relatively untested quarterback in Nick Foles. With the addition of 4th-overall pick Lane Johnson and the return from injury of the likes of Jason Peterson, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans, the forecast heading into camp for the line is optimistic. However, like last year, depth at each position is still a major question.