Which UDFAs Will Make the Biggest Impact on the Eagles?
We will take this opportunity to look at the newest additions to the team, seven on offense and six on defense, while speculating who could have the biggest impact on the team.
Michael Warren, RB, Cincinnati
Adrian Killins, RB, UCF
Manasseh Bailey, WR, Morgan State
Noah Tagiai, TE, Oregon State
Julian Good-Jones, OG, Iowa State
Luke Juriga, C , Western Michigan
Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona
UCF RB Adrian Killins is a small guy at 5'8" 164 lbs, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in speed. This guy is insanely fast. He wasn't invited to the Combine and his Pro Day got canceled, so we never got to see him run the 40-yard-dash, but the proof is in the tape. A track star in high school, the 3-time All-AAC RB is a huge threat on the ground, through the air, and in the return game, It won't take long for Killins to impress. The Eagles have an excellent screen game that Killins could thrive in. He trusts his speed, as he should, and runs right past defenders with ease. With the apparent new speed landscape of the Eagles offense (and lack of running back depth, Killins looks like he could fit in nicely and make the 53-man squad.
Raequan Williams, DT, Michigan State
Prince Smith, DB, New Hampshire
Elijah Riley, DB, Army
Grayland Arnold, DB, Baylor
Michael Jacquet, DB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Dante Olson, LB, Montana
A lot of defensive backs on this list but who stands out to me are the two front seven players.
Michigan State defensive tackle Raequan Williams is a big name to watch. The Chicago native showed the ability to stuff the run from 1 and 3 techniques on the line in college, giving guards and centers around the Big Ten issues. Williams' main weakness is in the pass rush, as he isn't too quick off the ball and doesn't have the greatest counters to get off pass blocks. He is in the right room to develop, as the Eagles have some of the best interior pass rushers in the league to help guide him. It'll still be an uphill battle for Williams to make the squad, as the Eagles have plenty of depth there already (Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave, Hassan Ridgeway).
Dante Olson is an old-school-style linebacker. His tape shows great ability to flow towards runs and make tackles. The FCS All-American tallied 397 tackles in his career at Montana. Don't be dissuaded from taking him seriously because he played in the FCS -- he showed he can perform against talented offenses, racking up 14 tackles against Oregon. The biggest questions around Olsen are about his speed. He ran a poor 4.88 at the Combine, and his tape shows him struggling in man coverage against players that have speed. Olsen is still a raw talent that could develop in the right system, and with the Eagles lack of depth at linebacker (Nate Gerry, Duke Riley and T.J. Edwards the likely only 53-man roster guarantees), the Montana product has a real shot at make the squad.
Overall, none of these undrafted players are guaranteed to make the roster, but Adrian Killins could make the biggest impact of the 13 undrafted signings on the team. If Doug Pederson introduces a triple-option-type play with Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, and Killins involved in the concept, it would be deadly. Killins could be a menace in the return game as well. Time will only tell, but I believe Killins, Dante Olson, and Raequan Williams could definitely earn spots on the practice squad (if not the 53-man active roster).