It usually takes some time (as in, a couple weeks) before the Philadelphia Eagles announce their undrafted rookie free agent signings each year. There’s no such wait this time around; the Eagles officially announced they’ve agreed to terms with the following 12 players:
DB Grayland Arnold
WR Manasseh Bailey
OG Julian Good-Jones
DB Michael Jacquet
C Luke Juriga
RB Adrian Killins
LB Dante Olson
DB Elijah Riley
DB Prince Smith
TE Noah Togiai
RB Michael Warren
DT Raequan Williams
Let’s take a look at their scouting reports.
Instinctive nickel cornerback prospect with above-average field awareness and ball skills to track it and flip the field. Arnold has man-cover athleticism with good route anticipation but lacks the big closing burst to quickly close ground after separation. He’s more impactful in smaller spaces where his instincts and quarterback awareness allow him to shade and squeeze throwing lanes. Arnold’s punt-return ability adds additional Day 3 value, but durability and tackling are concerning.
Former Baylor corner Grayland Arnold's free agent deal with Philadelphia Eagles: $90,000 guaranteed, $75,000 of his base salary in addition to $15,000 signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 26, 2020
A former linebacker whose developing skill set continues to draw attention.
Good-Jones was not graded prior to the season, but he had a terrific 2019 campaign and ended up at the Shrine Bowl. He must get bigger and stronger, but he has the versatility to be used out of variety of offensive line positions. Ultimately I think he’ll end up at center or guard, and Good-Jones is a developmental prospect who should land on a practice squad next fall.
Positives: Nice-sized cornerback who flashes ball skills. Physical, mixes it up throughout the route and shows good awareness. Keeps the action in front of him, breaks down well and uses his hands to protect himself. Quick up the field and gives effort against the run. Strong open-field tackler. Negatives: One-speed cornerback with limited burst. Must improve his footwork in reverse. Analysis: Jacquet was rarely challenged by opponents and comes with next-level size. He comes with scheme limitations, but Jacquet should be able to line up in a zone system.
Juriga is a hard-working, competitive blocker with great football intelligence. He lacks the size and physical skills for the next level, but his approach and feel for blocking could help him catch on as a backup in the NFL.
Western Michigan center Luke Juriga to the Eagles, per a league soruce. Got $116,000 total guaranteed, including $100,000 base salary guaranteed, $16,000 signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 26, 2020
Killins’ size will scare a lot of clubs off of him, but in the later rounds, someone is going to take a shot on him due to his sheer speed. If he lands with a team that has the right scheme (think someone trying to replicate the Chiefs’ offense, like the Ravens, Eagles, Bills or Bears), hits the weight room hard, and further enhances his pass catching game and special teams play, he could find himself as a Swiss Army Knife at the next level.
Tall, angular inside linebacker who is slightly below average by athletic measurements but way above average when it comes to “see ball, get ball.” Olson is an instinctive, skilled hunter who feels play development and takes winning angles to the football. He’s a heavy striker and a fundamentally sound tackler in the open field. The question is whether he can overcome a lack of twitch and NFL pursuit speed. He’s smart and productive and that could be enough to land on a roster despite where he is drafted.
While Army’s record this season was not up to the recent standards the Black Knights have set, Riley still had an impressive campaign and established himself as one of the top defensive backs in the country. He was third on the team in tackles with 79, and led Army in tackles-for-losses (eight), sacks (four), interceptions (three), pass breakups (six) and forced fumbles (three). Riley also blocked a kick (in the Army-Navy game) and recovered a fumble in 2019.
Smith, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback, was a four-year starter for New Hampshire and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association’s second team defense last season, when he finished third on the team in total tackles with 64 (43 solo, 21 assisted). He also ranked second in both pass breakups (seven) and interceptions (three).
PROS: Has some good explosiveness as a vertical route runner. Can incorporate a quick head fake or rocker step at the line of scrimmage in order to release and does well to stack with leverage early in his route. Able to maintain velocity through soft breaks down the field and snap his head back early in his route to locate the football. Will continue to work his route in between zones and attack the football away from his frame with decent hands. Can secure football through contact and on the boundary with good concentration. CONS: Agility in space a major question mark. Does not show the ability to sink his hips or gather his weight quickly to redirect, either as a blocker or as a route-runner. Limited reps available in terms of handling press coverage — often working into zones and winning in space with size/leverage. Shows some double-catching issues and will jump unnecessarily when addressing the football. Burst in anything but a straight line disappoints.
Eagles signed undrafted Oregon State tight end Noah Togiai to an undrafted deal that includes $100,000 guaranteed: $90,000 of base salary guaranteed, $10,000 signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 26, 2020
Burly, interior runner who faced his fair share of foggy boxes and early traffic but used footwork and contact power to create yards for himself. Warren’s touchdown production is a product of build and running demeanor. While he lacks the burst to consistently gain yards outside the tackle box, he should be able to keep doing his thing between the tackles thanks to vision, footwork, balance and power. He has pass-catching talent and can be activated as a basic route runner, but isn’t trustworthy enough in protection to secure third-down duties. He has a shot as an early down backup with short-yardage ability who can grab a catch here and there.
Former Cincinnati running back Michael Warren's Philadelphia Eagles rookie deal includes $57,500 guaranteed: $50,000 of base salary guaranteed, plus $7,500 signing bonus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 26, 2020
Grade will likely be tied to specific positional fit for each organization. Williams is long-legged and plays with below-average bend and twitch. He struggles to hold the point versus angle blocks but shows an ability to get skinny and disrupt in the backfield. He’s not as long as he looks but has versatility to play in odd or even fronts at a variety of spots. His bull rush generates pocket push and might translate, but he needs to keep adding strength and counters to diversify his rush plan. He’s a backup-caliber interior defender worthy of a Day 3 selection.
The Eagles have one remaining roster spot. Will they re-sign Corey Clement, who they’ve been in touch with?