Saturday, May 10, 2014

UDFA Targets

Ok, the NFL Draft is complete, and I'm pretty surprised at the quality players still available.

It's not easy to just go sign a talented UDFA. Each team gets a pool ($80,000, I'm pretty sure) and must evenly distribute it among prospects.

This means each team can likely only bid on one or two high profile player and still have enough to fill the roster.

Having said that, let's take a look at the top players still on my board that Philadelphia could target very soon:

ILB Christian Jones (6-3, 240)

Teams must know something we don't. I understand he failed a drug test, but so did Zach Mettenberger, Timmy Jernigan and Telvin Smith, and they all happened to get a phone call on draft day. The athletic, versatile ILB surely has the talent to be drafted.

OLB James Gayle (6-4, 259)

Marcus Smith bolsters the pass-rush, but Gayle would add even more talent. He was a three-year starter for VaTech and offers athleticism off the edge.

OLB Jackson Jeffcoat (6-3, 247)

Jeffcoat was a productive edge rusher for Texas. He has solid athleticism and could provide upside and depth to the defense.

S Craig Loston (5-11, 217)

Safety has good depth and doesn't appear to be much of a need at this point, but Loston is a rock solid football player with good intelligence.

WR Solomon Patton (5-8, 179)

Chip Kelly's offense can never have enough weapons. Patton is a dual-threat player who can scare defenses in space.

OLB Howard Jones (6-2, 235)

The undersized pass-rusher has rare athleticism and good arm length. He's a project worth looking into.

TE Marcel Jansen (6-6, 259)

Jansen is a huge dude who can threaten the field vertically. He's a hard-working player who is a capable in-line blocker.

OLB Adrian Hubbard (6-6, 257)

The underachieving OLB from Alabama has some personality concerns, but the length, size and versatility are intriguing.

DE Deandre Coleman (6-5, 314)

Coleman is a big, versatile player who can anchor vs. the run. The defensive line depth could use some competition in camp.

ILB Boseko Lokombo (6-2, 225)

The former Duck isn't big enough to play three downs at ILB in the NFL. But he has intriguing coverage ability and has upside as a nickel LB.

DE Josh Mauro (6-6, 271)

Mauro seems like a perfect fit to me; intelligent, big, hard-working, and he's from the Pac-12.

WR Brandon Coleman (6-6, 225)

He's a humongous target, and we all know Chip Kelly loves mismatches. Intriguing size.

TE Trey Burton (6-2, 224)

Burton is another mismatch weapon. He's not big enough to play in-line at TE, but he moves like a WR.

CB Marcus Roberson (6-0, 191)

Jaylen Watkins' teammate at Florida didn't perform as well at the Combine and was much more inconsistent than Watkins, but the talent is there.

ILB Shayne Skov (6-2, 245)

Ok, I get it. Skov isn't a very good athlete. But he's a darn good football player. Skov can navigate through traffic and plug lanes vs. the run. I like him.

S John Ojo (6-3, 203)

Ojo was one of my favorites during the scouting process. He has rare height and length, and he offers very good range with strong intangibles. Intriguing.

S Alden Darby (5-10, 192)

Darby lacks ideal height, but he's intelligent and can play any position in the secondary. He can be the QB of the defense and is a reliable tackler.

WR Mike Davis (6-0, 197)

I'm shocked Davis is available. He has good size, 4.46 speed, big hands, and makes the tough catches Chip Kelly talked about after the Jordan Matthews pick.

OLB Nate Askew (6-3, 241)

Askew is a raw, physically gifted pass-rusher who runs in the 4.4s and has 34 1/4" arms.

WR La'Damian Washington (6-4, 195)

He has the size to intrigue scouts and he's an effective deep threat. Washington will block in the run game, and oh yeah, he runs in the 4.4s.

OT Antonio Richardson (6-6, 336)

Richardson is a huge, strong right tackle prospect. He's likely bigger than Chip prefers, but it's hard to ignore his talent.

RB Torrance Hunt (5-7, 180)

Hunt is another weapon who ran a 4.28 40 and posted a 43" vertical jump. He's also spent time at WR, RB and KR. He's raw, but has gifts you can't teach.

CB Rashaad Reynolds (5-10, 189)

He's only 5-10, but he's a really good player. Reynolds is an athlete who can play in many schemes, also a team captain.

RB LaDarius Perkins (5-9, 197)

Perkins is a smaller back with good speed and tremendous intangibles.

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