Eagles officially sign 12 UDFAs, invite 19 tryout players to rookie minicamp
Word of the Eagles undrafted rookie free agent signings began to leak shortly after the 2022 NFL Draft last weekend but now we finally have official confirmation. The team announce they signed 12 UDFAs ahead of their rookie minicamp. Heres the entire list in order of CBS Sports pre-draft prospect rankings:Alabama CB Josh JobeNevada QB Carson StrongClemson CB Mario Goodrich Oklahoma RB Kennedy BrooksIdaho DT Noah EllissMiddle Tennessee State S Reed BlankenshipOklahoma State OL Josh Sills San Diego State OL William Dunkle Utah WR/RS Britain CoveyWestern Michigan LB Ali FayadDuke CB Josh BlackwellMiami OL Jarrid WilliamsLets take a look at their scouting reports.CB JOSH JOBEJobe was not able to participate in Fridays minicamp practice. He had surgery for a turf toe injury in December. One can only wonder if that contributed him to going undrafted. With the Eagles unsettled at CB2, theres a path to him making a case for a roster spot.NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Jobe looks the part as a well-built, long-armed perimeter cornerback https://www.eaglesteamfanshoponline.com/Zech_Mcphearson_Jersey-313, but a disappointing senior season ended up leaving scouts with more questions than answers. Jobes tight hips and below-average pattern-matching attributes limit his chances for success in press man. Below-average instincts might keep him from becoming a playmaker in zone. Hes likely to be pegged as a Cover 2 cornerback, but a move to safety might give Jobe his best chance for future success.Draft Projection: Round 4 QB CARSON STRONGStrong figures to compete with Reid Sinnett for a roster spot as QB3. If Gardner Minshew gets traded, Strong could push for the QB2 role. NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Touch-or-torch pocket passer with rare blend of power and finesse to turn low percentage throws into completions. His surgically repaired right knee might hinder the sturdiness of his throwing base, but Strong still throws with velocity https://www.eaglesteamfanshoponline.com/Leraven_Clark_Jersey-304, accuracy and touch either on or off-platform. He has the talent to attack any coverage and all areas of the field. Nonchalant eye discipline and a gunslinger mentality means hes likely to see additional air traffic and turnovers as he transitions from Nevadas Air Raid offense. Scouts rave about his leadership and killer instinct. He clearly has first-round talent, but long-term durability concerns surrounding his knee could force teams to take a more cautious approach with his projection and draft slotting.Draft Projection: Rounds 4-5 CB MARIO GOODRICHNot unlike Jobe, Goodrich has a path to making the roster with the Eagles being unsettled at cornerback. NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Goodrich had a long wait to get his shot but was ready when it finally came for him. He has size and plays a physical brand of coverage but might be tethered to a zone scheme due to a lack of desired chase speed. He has some recognition talent https://www.eaglesteamfanshoponline.com/Jason_Huntley_Jersey-266, allowing for decent head starts to squeeze routes in his area. He also has the length to help play the passing lanes, but hes more likely to tackle the catch than play the football. Hes reliable against the run and has classic Cover 2 traits, but Goodrich might receive some consideration as a backup safety.Draft projection: Priority free agent RB KENNEDY BROOKSCan Brooks find a way to crack the Eagles running back rotation? Not impossible. Might at least be a practice squad consideration. NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Brooks will be knocked for a lack of suddenness and explosiveness, but may end up becoming a more effective NFL runner than evaluators expect. Hes a tempo-based runner with an ability to switch gears inside the run when needed. He has adequate size and vision but really impresses with his ability to maintain space from defenders as the run progresses. Hes not a home run hitter or a physical finisher and is unlikely to offer much third down value. Brooks smooth https://www.eaglesteamfanshoponline.com/Lane_Johnson_Jersey-25, subtle running style can be taken for granted, but is perfect for outside zone teams looking to add competition. Hes an RB2 with upside.Draft Projection: Rounds 6-7 DT NOAH ELLISSNoah Elliss: A poor mans Jordan Davis. Hes a very big nose tackle but obviously nowhere as near athletic as Phillys first-round pick. Will compete for a backup DT spot, probably more likely to make the practice squad.NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Imposing space-eater with flashes of physical dominance against a level of competition that hasnt fully tested him. Elliss was a heralded prospect out of high school and began his career at Mississippi State before transferring to Idaho, where his dad coached him up on the defensive line. He has the physical tools and power to make a living as a two-gapping https://www.eaglesteamfanshoponline.com/Darren_Sproles_Jersey-13, odd-front nose guard but will need to improve his technique and footwork to become a true tree stump in the middle against the run. Ellis has Day 3 potential with starting upside, but weight management will be very important for him.Draft Projection: Round 7-Priority free agent S REED BLANKENSHIPBlankenship has a path to making the Eagles roster given their current lack of talent and depth at safety.NFL.coms Lance Zierlein:Versatile safety with adequate size and good athleticism. Blankenship is a team leader who is aggressive and heavily experienced in a defense that required his versatility. Hes ready and willing in run support but has a problem with tackle angles that causes too many misses from a variety of locations around the field. Hes athletic and his route recognition is good when hes playing from up top; however, he lacks top-end speed to stay with downfield assignments. He will need to shine on special teams to improve his chances of making it in the league.Draft Projection: Priority free agentReed Blankenship is a FS prospect in the 2022 draft class.