After the Eagles selected seven new draft picks during the 2014 NFL Draft last week, the team finished off draft weekend by signing fifteen undrafted free agents. The majority of the UDFA class won't amount to much but it's very possible a select few of them will make the team. In 2013, the Eagles ended up with a handful of undrafted free agent that made their final roster. These undrafted free agents are able to win roster spots based on impressive performances in both training camp and preseason.
CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher offers an undrafted free agent name to watch this offseason: Kadron Boone.
Said one AFC personnel man who scouted the former LSU wideout: "He’s gonna make that [Eagles] team."
He’s not a bad receiver; he’s a pretty good receiver," the scout added. "He just got caught up in a place that has two pretty good receivers. He’s going to be fine. I honestly believe he can play either way (outside and slot), and that’s what’s going to benefit him."
"He can run. He has good hands. Very competitive guy," the personnel executive said. "You’ll see. He’s definitely gonna show up. It wouldn’t surprise me if he makes the team and actually contributes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he outplays Huff. It wouldn’t surprise me."
The personnel man notes how Boone was stuck behind talented WR prospects Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at LSU. He also goes on to call Boone a "faster, more explosive version of [former Eagles wide receiver Jason] Avant."
Here's some more information on Boone thanks to SB Nation LSU blog And The Valley Shook:
Pro Day Height/Weight: 5-11, 193 pounds
LSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-0, 202
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.44
Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 9
Vertical Jump: 33 inches
Short/Long Shuttle: 4.52/11.65
3-Cone Drill: 7.27
Broad Jump: 118 inches
Boone has good speed and agility, and was fairly reliable when LSU called upon him last season. There's enough upside for him to catch on somewhere with hard work and a little luck.
And now a scouting report:
Caught 7 passes for 129 yards and 2 TDs last season in 13 games. Started seven games as a junior and posted career-best totals of 26 receptions, 348 yards, and 4 TDs. Consistent receiver who does the little things well. Displays good focus, timing, and eye-hand coordination. Sells routes, works to separate from opponents, and effectively makes catches in stride. Gets up and fights to come away with the ball. Extends to make catches away from his frame.
Obviously this kind of hype doesn't mean much right now, but it's worth noting that this is probably the same AFC personnel man who correctly predicted that Damion Square would make the Eagles roster last year. Boone still has a long, long way to go before earning a roster spot. The Eagles will probably only keep five or six receivers. Four spots are already locked up: Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, and Josh Huff will all be on the roster. I would also say that Brad Smith has an inside track on a roster spot due to his special teams prowess and versatility. Boone is probably competing for a job as the Eagles sixth receiver or a practice squad spot.
Other Eagles undrafted free agents to watch include the players who received extra money for signing with Philadelphia. Tight end Trey Burton ($7.5K bonus and $12.5K in other guarantees), running back Henry Josey ($10K bonus and $10K in other guarantees), and offensive guard Josh Andrews ($10K bonus) are the prime examples here.