The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with 15 undrafted rookie free agents following the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s what you should know about them based on their scouting reports and highlight videos. Click on the linked reports to read more, if you’re interested.
S Jeremy Reaves
“Reaves moved from cornerback to safety this season and was able to add functional weight without losing quickness. Reaves is a voracious run supporter, who moves pretty fluidly in coverage and offers the ability to play cover-two or in the box. He could end up falling short with some of the testing numbers, but he has the football character and nose for the football that will be enticing for a team looking for safety depth on Day 3.” — NFL.com
RB Josh Adams
“Adams has tremendous size, but part of his power relies on building momentum which could be beyond his control on the next level. If it’s blocked up for him, Adams has the frame to add yardage after contact but he doesn’t offer up the elusiveness or burst to create the initial yardage needed as a reliable pro running back. His size should land him on a roster, but staying there over the long haul will be tough.” — NFL.com
OT Toby Weathersby
“Weathersby is a little more high-cut than some teams will like, but he doesn’t play like a top-heavy lineman on most snaps. He’ll never be more than an average run blocker or pass protector, but he has enough recovery talent, awareness and competitiveness to find work as a swing tackle in the league.” — NFL.com
DE Joe Ostman
“Ostman combines impressive hand work with optimal leverage and play strength to unleash game-long challenges against his competition. However, it will be much tougher to succeed with his linear playing style against longer, stronger competition in the NFL. Ostman may lack desired size attributes but he has enough working in his favor to give him a shot at making a team as a backup 3-4 outside backer with special teams value.” — NFL.com
(P.S. I love watching this dude.)
S Dominick Sanders
“Undersized but athletic, Sanders has a four-year resume of putting himself into position to play the ball and taking it away once he gets there. His route anticipation and short-area burst to close on throws in front of him is impressive, but his inability to range over the top and handle long speed is a concern. Sanders dearth of size and speed will likely hurt his draft stock, but he his ball skills and anticipation give him a chance to make some noise in a camp.” — NFL.com
CB Chandon Sullivan
“Sullivan has decent size and has been a consistent contributor since his freshman season, but his average instincts and inability to stay in phase prevents him from making more plays on the ball. Sullivan isn’t overly fast or physical and may need to play well at the Senior Bowl to help him prove he’s an NFL-caliber talent.” — NFL.com
No good YouTube video featuring Chandon Sullivan highlights but oddly enough the Patriots’ official website has a video on him that you can watch by clicking this linked text. (Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.)
CB Jordan Thomas
“Thomas has good size and undeniable ball skills, but his lack of consistency is troubling. Thomas saved his worst tape for last as issues with confidence led to excessive interference calls and big plays against him. The talent says Thomas may have a future as a backup cornerback for a zone-based team, but his lack of recovery speed coupled with off-field issues could be enough to scare teams away.” — NFL.com
S Stephen Roberts
“Roberts is faster and more athletic than many of the safeties in this draft, but he’s also smaller. Roberts plays with the aggression and toughness of a bigger safety, but he may not have enough bulk to be deployed near the line in the pros as often as he was as a senior at Auburn. Roberts played for three defensive coordinators and four defensive backs coaches in college so continuity should continue to bolster his growth. Roberts draft slotting will likely be hurt by his lack of desired safety size, but he has the talent to battle for a spot in sub-package roles at some point.” — NFL.com
DT Bruce Hector
“Hector lacks the prototypical frame of an NFL three-technique, but he does have the active feet and the lower body strength to play strong through the edges. His frame and game are better-suited for an upfield, one-gapping defense. Hector lacks the consistency at the point of attack of teammate Deadrin Senat, but he posted more tackles for loss and sacks in three years than Senat did in four. Hector has some fans in scouting circles and could be a late round addition with a shot of becoming a backup in a 4-3 front.” — NFL.com
LB Asantay Brown
Note: The Eagles list Brown at linebacker after he played safety in college.
“Although he lined up at outside linebacker for Western Michigan, Brown possesses the athleticism and movement skills necessary to transition to strong safety. He has good upside but must pick up his intensity to make a next-level roster.” — DraftAnalyst
OT Aaron Evans
“Evans was productive and durable at the college level and comes equipped with next-level size but has athletic limitations and lacks upside. His versatility to be used at multiple interior line positions and possibly right tackle could help him find a roster spot as an inexpensive backup.” — DraftAnalyst
OG Ian Park
“Park is a relatively athletic offensive lineman with adequate size and growth potential. He needs to improve his strength at the point of attack but is worth stashing on a practice squad for future development.” — DraftAnalyst
LB Danny Ezechukwu
“Ezechukwu has flashed ability throughout his Purdue career and was a tough player who led by example, but he lacks the size and overall ability to be an every-down player on Sundays. If he stands out on special teams this summer, he may have a roster spot as a situational pass rusher.” — DraftAnalyst
WR Anthony Mahoungou
No formal scouting report available so I’ll refer you to this from the Purdue SB Nation blog, Hammers And Rails.
“Experts Opinion: Experts rank Mahoungou 129 out of 321 Wide Receivers in the upcoming draft, which puts him in the undrafted area. But, many scouts like how his pro day went. He ran a mid 4.5 forty, has decent size and peaked late in the year. Many experts say he will stick as an undrafted free agent.
My Opinion: I agree with the experts. I expect him to go undrafted. He peaked late in the season and was not used correctly his first two years on campus. He exploded against Iowa and had an exceptional bowl game, both on national television. He has great size at 6’2”, a mid 4.5 forty, 9’11” Broad Jump, 29 inch vertical - these all show how explosive he can be.
He was a big piece of clay that Brohm molded to be an exceptional wide receiver. If he can get onto a practice squad, I think he could be an NFL WR at some point in his career. But, I could also see a career in Canada.”
S Ryan Neal
No formal scouting report available so here’s info from The Southern.
“Neal, a Merrillville, Indiana native, started out as a safety at SIU in 2014 as a true freshman. He started all 11 games at cornerback in 2015, and moved back to safety his final two years. Neal learned under Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert, who is now the head coach at North Dakota, in 2014, former Saluki head coach Dale Lennon in 2015 when he had dual roles, and Kraig Paulson his last two years.
Neal finished his career with 226 career tackles, 27th all-time in school history, with 6.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and 19 pass breakups.
Neal led SIU with 84 stops last season and tied fellow safety Jeremy Chinn for the team lead in interceptions, with three. The younger brother of former Green Bay Packer Mike Neal started 32 of 45 games and fielded calls from NFL teams to play both cornerback and safety before the draft.”