Rookie Free Agents:
I like some of the free agent prospects that we picked up and others are not so great. I do like that we added a bunch of offensive linemen into the mix. I was worried after the draft when we didn’t take any, but I’m a little more comfortable now. I don’t want to end up in the situation that we did last year when our O-line was decimated. One move that I particularly like was the signing of Shawn Murphy, G off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is 27 and 6-4, 315lbs. He was originally a 4th round draft pick. He doesn’t have much or even any game experience, but he has been through years of training camps and will be another body to compete.
RB Keithon Flemming (5-10, 208) West Texas A&M – He ran a 4.62 in the 40, but no other drill times were available. He ended up with 4,008 all-purpose yards for his career and scored 16 touchdowns during his senior year despite being injured for part of it. He looks alright on limited tape. He doesn’t have great speed, but has decent cutting ability. He also breaks tackles fairly well and has a solid stiff arm.
DE Eric Moncur (6-1, 237) Miami, FL – Undersized and marginal production. He would have to move to Linebacker in the NFL. He only ran a 4.9 in the 40 though. I’m really not even sure why we signed this guy. He won’t make the team.
CB Devin Ross (5-10, 183) Arizona – Had decent production his senior year with 74 tackles, one interception and 11 pass deflections. Unfortunately there are no drill times available for Ross.
DT Charles Alexander (6-4, 300), LSU – Charles had terrible production in college, and he is also not very athletic running a 5.38 in the 40. I know that 40 time doesn’t mean much for a DT, but he has one of the slowest times and there are no other drill times available. I don’t see him making the team.
WR Blue Cooper (6-2, 185), Tennessee-Chattanooga – Ran a 4.59 in the 40 which isn’t great for a WR his size. In his career he had 152 catches for 1,790 yards and 14 touchdowns. I don’t really seeing Cooper landing on the roster. I don’t even really think that he was worth signing as a free agent.
G Zipp Duncan (6-5, 297), Kentucky – Another body for competition. He does have 39 career starts and experience at Guard and Tackle.
Best Signing: QB Joey Elliott (6-3, 215), Purdue – Elliott was player that could have been taken in the 7th round. He is pretty athletic and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.79 seconds, had a 29-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 7.12 three-cone drill. He didn’t play much until his senior year, but then passed for over 3000 yards, had a 61.7% completion percentage and threw for 22 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He had a completion percentage over 70 for the last three games of the year and has decent arm strength from the limited video available. He was also a co-captain. Elliott was a great pick up and will compete against Kafka to be the third string quarterback.
T Austin Howard (6-7, 333), Northern Iowa – Austin has great size and started 25 games.
WR Kevin Jurovich (6-0, 188), San Jose State, is pretty athletic, but no more than what would be expected out of someone his size. Unfortunately there is no 3 cone time available because it’s one of the best indicators of the ability to make people miss and run good routes with practice. Had 160 receptions for 2,143 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career. I don’t see him making the team.
T Jeraill McCuller (6-6, 328), North Carolina State – Another O-lineman with good size, just like Reid likes in O-lineman.
CB Josh Morris (5-11, 186), Weber State – Morris had 126 total tackles, 26 pass deflections and seven career interceptions . While his production is alright he doesn’t have the deep speed to play in the NFL. His athleticism is more in line with a Safety, but he is too small to play Safety.
CB David Pender (6-0, 180), Purdue – Alright production over career posing129 tackles, 33 pass break-ups but only 3 interceptions. He is also only marginally athletic though. He ran a strong 40 time of 4.37, but all of his other times were bellow average for CBs.
Second Best signing: WR Pat Simonds (6-5, 229), Colgate – Simonds has good size and production over his career at Colgate posting 171 receptions for 2,797 yards and 29 touchdowns. I also like that he was the captain of his team and has good athleticism. He posted a 6.84 cone drill 4.26 shuttle, ran a 4.66 in the 40 and managed 24 reps on the bench. He is a raw player that has the size and athleticism to make it in the NFL. We just have to see how well he learns and how polished this diamond in the rough can become.
Worst Singing: FB Chris Zardas (6-0, 238), Massachusetts – I don’t even know why we signed a fullback. We aren’t going to carry two on the team with Leonard Weaver as the starter. It’s possible that we just want to keep Weaver working hard or maybe we were going to move Zardas over to TE, but he is not very athletic. He has terrible production in college though and is from a small school. I don’t see the value in signing Zardas.
Updates on Draft Picks:
Mike Kafka, QB – I’m starting to like Kafka more. I watched more video and saw some things that I liked. He has a quick release and moves around in the pocket well. He also has decent arm strength, probably better than most college QBs. During the East-West game he led his team to a last minute comeback victory the stressful situation of having many scouts watching. I would have liked to have seen better production in college, but to be fair he only started one year and did post a 64% completion percentage during his senior year.
Daniel Te’o Nesheim DE – I’ve been watching more video on this kid and I just have to reiterate how good he is. He gets off of blocks almost instantly using his hands to punch his man to the side, by running outside of OTs or by spinning. He can play multiple positions including LB, DT and DE. He is a great wrap up tackler and has very good change of direction ability. I watched him stay on the ball during fake pitches twice and make a great plays. He is going to be a starter at some point for the Eagles. He was a great pick up and will harass the QBs of the NFC East all day long. I would love to see him put on 10 lbs and play inside on third down while Brandon Graham DE and Trent Cole line up outside. We are going to get pressure with just our front 4 this year for a change.
Terenna at EaglesDomination.com