The undrafted class for the Philadelphia Eagles looks to be the deepest and the most talented it has been in a long time. A lot of credit goes to Eagles general manager Howie Roseman for eyeing and plucking talent that many other GMs and executives around the league missed on.
A few standouts of the group include defensive lineman Damion Square, who has been around the ball a ton and made plays when called upon. Russell Shepard has also stood out as a receiver and especially as a gunner on special teams. Shepard has arguably been the team’s second-best gunner aside from special teams maven Colt Anderson.
Michael Bamiro, an extremely raw prospect, is a mammoth offensive tackle that has also come on and progressed as of late. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has been working with the big fella, and he has gotten better and better every week. He has a real chance at making the roster.
Ditto for fellow offensive lineman Matt Tobin. Tobin has improved every week and has shown the versatility to play tackle and guard, further improving his chances at making the roster. This really hurts fellow offensive lineman Danny Watkins‘ chances at making the roster. At 29 and with the ability to only play guard, it may be the end of the road for the former first-round pick.
This begs the question: which of these undrafted players will make the roster? It may sound shocking, but I believe all of them will stick on the final 53. Shepard has flashed ability at receiver and has also proved very valuable on special teams, and I believe he has carved himself out a role in this offense. Square has been one of many bright spots along the Eagles’ defensive line, and I believe he squeaks onto the roster as a reserve defensive lineman.
Bamiro is a tricky case he has such high upside but is as raw as they come, and probably isn’t ready to dress on Sundays just yet. Do you use a roster spot on a project? My guess is yes, as coach Chip Kelly wouldn’t want to subject the promising Bamiro to waivers and potentially see him getting scooped up onto someone else’s practice squad. Finally, I believe Tobin has found his way onto the roster with his versatility, polish and consistency on the offensive line.
A deep undrafted class for Roseman and the Eagles indeed — one that could see a handful of undrafted players push for roster spots and playing time in 2013.