The Eagles signed 15 undrafted free agents on Saturday. The biggest group taken was offensive linemen (four). This will not be enough to address the Eagles needs at the line–especially if the perpetually injured Sam Bradford is indeed the team’s starting quarterback this fall–but we’ll see what happens. There are usually at least a few diamonds in the rough among the UDFAs.
I’ll highlight the offensive linemen first:
G Brett Boyko (6-7, 301) UNLV: From Lance Zierlein, NFL.com:
Lacks the athleticism teams want from tackles and the strength they are looking for at guard, but his savvy should get him into a camp. His best position may end up at center.
G Malcom Bunche (6-6, 320), UCLA: Bunche played at the University of Miami for four years, then transferred to UCLA for graduate work. A Newark, DE native, this what the LA Times had to say about him:
He opened the season at tackle, then moved to guard, where he was more effective….He’s got a nice body, and he’s a decent athlete. He’s got a ways to go technique-wise. His feet aren’t as good as you would like.
While he was not invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the 6-3, 302 pound center ran a 5.21 40-yard dash, had a 30 1/2-inch vertical along with an 8-7 broad jump at UNH’s pro day. Coccia ran the short shuttle in 4.78 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.75 seconds. He also put up 27 reps on the bench press.
G Cole Manhart (6-4, 298), Nebraska-Kearney: An AFC South scout had this to say about Manhart, per NFL.com:
“He has to move to guard to have a shot, but he’s not a bad football player. I just don’t know if he’s going to be strong enough to play in the league.”
NFL.com’s overall assessment of Manhart was as follows:
As an NFL guard, Manhart would be athletic enough for a zone scheme, but NFL scouts have grave concerns about his ability to drop anchor and handle power from the inside.
The other signed UDFAs are:
- TE Andrew Gleichert (6-5, 264), Michigan State: Used as primarily a tight end, but also a fullback by the Spartans.
- RB Raheem Mostert (5-11, 190), Purdue: This speedy kickoff returner recorded a 26.0-yard average on 88 career kickoff returns at Purdue, including a pair of touchdowns. He finished as the school’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 2,289.
- DE Travis Raciti (6-5, 285), San Jose State: Tied for tenth on the San Jose State career list with 27 tackles for a loss. The three-time academic all-conference honoree also racked up 14.5 sacks in his career.
- DB Denzel Rice (6-0, 185), Coastal Carolina: Played in 50 games during his four-year career at Coastal Carolina and totaled 112 tackles (85 solo), 24 passes defensed and an interception. Led the Big South and tied a school record with 12 pass breakups as a junior in 2013 while starting all 15 games at corner.
- WR Rasheed Bailey (6-2, 205), Delaware Valley University
- WR Devante Davis (6-3, 215), UNLV
- LB Jordan Dewalt-Ondijo (6-4, 240), Duke
- WR John Harris (6-2, 218), Texas
- P Kip Smith (6-1, 235), Oklahoma State
- TE Eric Tomlinson (6-6, 263), Texas-El Paso
- TE Justin Tukes (6-5, 250), UCF
More on each player can be found here.