While the Eagles only made five selections during the draft weekend, they were able to add some of the top talents from the UDFA class. Even though they didn’t draft any defensive backs, the Eagles went out and signed some of the top corners that went undrafted. The chances of these players turning into superstars or key contributors are low, but nonetheless, a lot of these players could end up making the final 53 and contributing in some fashion.
Looking back I think we had the best draft. Even go as far as getting the best UDFA as well. Eagles W Draft!
— #KMasterLock™$$ (@KVonWallace) May 1, 2022
Right after the draft ended, the Eagles made it a priority to address the secondary. The Eagles signed corners Josh Jobe from Alabama and Mario Goodrich from Clemson. The Eagles also gave Goodrich a massive deal for a UDFA, which shows their interest in the corner. The Eagles also signed corner Josh Blackwell from Duke. Blackwell is a burner with blazing speed, but he had zero career interceptions at Duke. Goodrich and Jobe are the two big signings for the secondary. Both players could have been drafted as early as the fifth round, but the Eagles got them as UDFAs. Goodrich could compete for snaps as the CB2, while there is some speculation that Jobe could possibly move to safety. Either way, the Eagles were able to land two quality secondary players as UDFAs that both should have been drafted.
Eagles have signed Mario Goodrich from Clemson. He was projected to go in the 6th-7th round today. pic.twitter.com/kpoLMsMzj0
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeegNFP) April 30, 2022
The Eagles also went out and snagged the player who was regarded as quite possibly the best UDFA from this class, quarterback Carson Strong. Some analysts had Strong as a day two pick, but almost everyone expected Strong to go on day three. For the Eagles to pick up Strong as a developmental talent is a big get for the QB room. Strong will most likely come in and compete with Reid Sinnett for the Eagles’ third quarterback spot.
For the offensive skill positions, the Eagles were able to add Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks and Utah’s WR/RS Britain Covey. Brooks was a very good back for one of the best offenses in college football during his career at Oklahoma. Brooks could come in and push to be the final running back on the roster unless Howie looks to add another veteran. Covey on the other hand gives the Eagles a talented return specialist. Covey had three return touchdowns last year at Utah, and five for his career. The Eagles have been looking for a solid return specialist, so Covey has a real shot at making the roster as a kick/punt returner.
The full list of Eagles UDFAs can be found here, but these are the big-name guys from the class. Howie made it a priority for his staff to go heavy in the UDFA class and they delivered. A lot of the talent the Eagles added could have been drafted at some point. With rookie minicamps starting up, keep an eye on some of these players as they look to make the roster.
#Eagles are spending big on UDFA. Gave significant guarantees to Strong, Elliss, and Goodrich as reported already. Howie Roseman noted this was the strongest UDFA in memory due to the volume after the COVID-19 adjustments
— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) May 1, 2022
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