The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly added outside linebacker Diaheem Watkins to their roster, according to his agent Jeff Jankovich. The Eagles officially confirmed the move. Philadelphia had an open roster spot after placing Travis Long on the season-ending injured reserve list on Wednesday afternoon.
Watkins played college football for the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He measures in 6'3", 255 pounds. Here's a scouting report on him via DraftInsider.net:
"Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 46 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last season. Primarily lined up at defensive end in college.
Positive: Disruptive college pass rusher who plays faster than his 40 time. Quick in all his actions, plays with good leverage and shows a good change of direction. Moves well laterally, displays ability in pursuit and fast up the field. Instinctive and does nice job immediately locating the ball. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself or get off blocks.
Negative: Easily taken from the action or disrupted from his angle of attack by a single opponent. Primarily made plays up the field in college.
Analysis: Watkins plays smart, tough football but lacks the measurables for the next level. His consistency and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage should get him consideration as a designated pass rusher."
Watkins (no relation to Danny!) gives the Eagles some more depth at a position where they need some due to the injury to Long. He will wear No. 45.
The addition of Watkins means the Eagles are now set at the 90-man offseason roster limit.