Who in the Eagles’ undrafted free agent class has the best roster shot(s)?
Immediately after the 2020 NFL draft, the league’s 32 teams announced their signings of undrafted players. Now that the draft is just seven rounds (it used to be 12), a lot of talent goes unpicked. The Philadelphia Eagles have been pretty successful in recent years in finding undrafted gems. One is Corey Clement, the Wisconsin running back who played such a vital role in the offense as a rookie in the 2017-18 Super Bowl season. Clement has been injured the past two years, but the Birds re-signed him to a one-year contract banking on his being healthy.
So who in the 2020 undrafted class has the most chance to contribute, either in the short or long term?
Here are the players creating the most buzz:
- Michael Warren, Cincinnati running back. PhillyVoice.com’s Jimmy Kempski thinks Warren could make the roster as a complement to starters Miles Sanders and backup Boston Scott. The 5-9, 226-pounder rushed for 2,918 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 34 touchdowns in three seasons with the Bearcats.
- Grayland Arnold, Baylor cornerback. He snagged six interceptions in 2019, many in big games. According to Kempski and others, the 5-9, 186-pounder is versatile enough to play either corner or safety. General Manager Howie Roseman brought up Arnold’s name in interviews without being asked, so the brain trust must really like him.
- Luke Juriga, Western Michigan center. Could the 6-3,298-pounder eventually be a successor to Pro Bowl center (and honorary Mummer) Jason Kelce?
- Noah Togiai, Oregon State tight end. The Eagles made signing the 6-4, 246-pounder a priority, Mike Kaye reported on NJ.com, giving him one of the largest amounts of guaranteed money among the class of 13. As the third tight end, he would be competing against Alex Ellis and Josh Perkins.
Another reason to watch these names: Last year’s undrafted free agent class included linebacker T.J. Edwards, a special teams standout in his rookie year who is expected to be a starter this coming season in Jim Schwartz’s defense.