The Philadelphia Eagles signed undrafted rookie free agent defensive back Grayland Arnold following the 2020 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about him, I reached out to SB Nation’s Baylor blog: Our Daily Bears. Bears writer Kendall Kaut was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) Can you recap his college career?
He was a very talented corner and safety. He was one of the Big 12’s best players and made multiple all-american teams.
2) What are his strengths?
He’s very talented at finding the ball and making plays. He had some spectacular interceptions (6 this past year) and reads the ball well.
3) What are his weaknesses?
He’s undersized. So if he needs to contain bigger players, he’ll have trouble. That’s really his biggest hurdle.
4) Are you surprised he went undrafted?
A little bit. He was pegged as a 5th to undrafted guy. He started some as a freshman and played well against elite offenses. I thought he was probably a better NFL prospect than some Baylor players that went drafted.
5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?
I hope he can stick. He returned punts before and was pretty solid at doing that. So I think he will at least hang around a practice squad and have a chance to make it. I’m hopeful he can break onto a team and then be a rotation defensive back for years.
6) Anything to know about him off the field?
Nope. I don’t think that played a role in him falling. He was thought of as a late round pick and coupled with his size, he ended up undrafted. But he’s certainly a worthy guy to bring to camp.
BLG’s take: The Eagles paid Arnold the fourth highest guarantee out of their 13 UDFA signings. He’s one of five Eagles UDFA signings that the team had a draftable grade on. Arnold is a solid bet to at least make the practice squad and he might even find a way to sneak on to the main roster. It’ll be interesting to see where exactly the coaching staff lines him up. Arnold is yet another hybrid defensive back with safety and corner experience, which is a quality the Eagles have clearly valued throughout this year’s offseason additions (see: Will Parks, Nickell Robey-Coleman, K’Von Wallace, etc.).