The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent defensive tackle Derrick Lott, according to an official announcement from the team. In order to make room for Lott on the 90-man roster, the Eagles released veteran punter Ryan Quigley.
The 25-year-old Lott went undrafted after playing football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He signed with the Titans last year before being waived in final cuts in August. From there, Lott signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad.
Lott was originally a four-star recruit at Georgia before suffering multiple leg injuries, including torn ligaments in his ankle as a freshman.
Here's a scouting report on Lott via NFL.com.
Strengths - Georgia transfer who is technically savvy. Has a good feel and instincts for where linemen are headed and where blocks are coming from. Excels with his hands. Gets into opponents quickly with a strong jolt and plays with necessary power and technique to unhinge and discard blockers. Finishes as a tackler and has an adequate tackle radius. Well-schooled pass rusher bringing several moves and counters to the party.
Weaknesses - Played in just five games over his first two seasons at Georgia and was unable to push for playing time. Was a 2009 redshirt and was 23 and 24 years old when dominating against younger, less-talented players at UT-Chattanooga. Comes off the snap a little upright and must remember to maintain bend.
Draft Projection Round 5
Bottom Line - Skilled pass rusher who understands the position and was simply too athletic and too talented for most of the competition he faced while at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Is a natural fit as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense, but could garner consideration as a 3-4 defensive end if he can prove he's strong enough.
The Eagles are thin at defensive tackle when it comes to depth. Lott will have a chance to compete against at that position.
Quigley was signed by the Eagles in mid-April. He was brought in to "compete" with incumbent punter Donnie Jones but Jones was clearly never in serious jeopardy of losing his job.