Eagles UDFA Class
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — With the draft in the rear-view mirror, the Eagles have started cobbling together their undrafted free agent class.
And it looks as if Carson Wentz's brother and his spouse will not be the only familiar faces that the No. 2 overall pick will know here in Philadelphia as his former teammate at North Dakota State, cornerback C.J. Smith, is being brought in by Philadelphia.
The big fish, though, were San Diego State offensive guard Darrell Greene and Incarnate Word linebacker Myke Tavarres.
Green is a big powerful guard at 6-foot-3, 320, who can really move people off the line of scrimmage in the run game.
Tavarres, who scored a private workout with the Eagles, is a Division I talent who started his college career in junior college before moving to the SEC at Arkansas, and then finishing at Incarnate Word, a private Catholic university in San Antonio where he was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.
The Eagles have also reportedly agreed to terms with wide receivers Cayleb Jones of Arizona, Hunter Sharp of Utah State, Marcus Johnson of Texas and Byron Marshall of Oregon, running back Cedric O'Neal of Valdosta State, LSU tight end Dillon Gordon and Maine center Bruce Johnson.
The other defensive players reportedly coming in are linebackersQuentin Gause of Rutgers, defensive linemen Connor Wujciak of Boston Collge, Aziz Shittu of Stanford and Destiny Vaeao of Washington State. Meanwhile, West Virginia long snapper John DePalma is another addition.
The Eagles are not expected to confirm the UDFA group until Monday.
Jones was a draftable player and got a somewhat significant $10,000 signing bonus, as well as $15K guaranteed in base salary, decent numbers for an undrafted player and perhaps an indication that the Eagles believe he can make the team.
A 6-foot-3, 210-pound threat Jones is the son of former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, and originally went to Texas before a charge of felony aggravated assault after hitting and breaking the jaw of a UT tennis player sent him looking for a fresh start. After the charges were reduced, Jones landed in Tuscon and was Arizona's top receiver the past two seasons, capturing honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors after a 55-catch, 904-yard performance last season.
Sharp, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, is a cousin of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection in 2014, catching 66 balls for 939 yards and seven scores, four of which were longer than 70 yards. Last season Sharp was suspended for two games but returned to be a second-team All-Mountain West performer with 71 receptions for 839 yards and nine TDs.
Johnson played in 10 games for the Longhorns last season with seven starts, finishing third on the team with 12 receptions for 130 yards and one TD
The dynamic Marshall, 5-9, 201, played both running back and receiver in Eugene, excelling at both. He ran for over 1,000 yards in 2013 and then cracked 1,000 in receiving yardage the next.year. However, he played in just four games last season due to a leg injury, snaring nine receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
O'Neal was an All-Gulf South Conference selection who led the conference with 17 touchdowns last season. He also holds school records for career rushing touchdowns and rushing yardage with 4,145 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Gordon, 6-4, 295, is a king-sized tight end who was a three-year starter for the Tigers before injury sidelined him for all but three games of his senior season.
Johnson was the anchor of the Maine offensive line for three seasons and won the Rimington Award as the best center in the FCS Division.
On defense, Gause was a captain at Rutgers and honorable mention All-Big Ten after recording 96 tackles his senior season.
"The Eagles were the best fit in terms of linebacker depth," Gause told Rochester's WHEC while also noting Chip Kelly and the 49ers were interested.
Wujciak is a part of a college football dynasty. His brother Alex was a three-time All-ACC linebacker at Maryland and his father, Alan, played on the offensive line on Notre Dame's 1973 national championship team. The younger Wujiack was first-team All-ACC last season after tallying 12 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks.
Shittu, a 6-3, 279-pound defensive end, was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2015 with the Cardinal, amassing four sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
Vaeao was named second team All-PAC-12 after piling up 40 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 2015 and is probably the highest rated of all the Eagles' UDFA signings.
DePalma reportedly got a $10,500 signing bonus and $15K of extra guaranteed money to compete with Jon Dorenbos, who slipped a bit last season.
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