The NFL is holding the Supplemental Draft on Thursday. Before you get excited, this group of players is pedestrian, and that might be a generous description.
Assuming none of the players is drafted, I could see the Eagles considering signing one of them as a UDFA. DE James Boyd from UNLV is the guy who makes the most sense. He began at USC and might be a guy that Chip Kelly knows from back in high school (he’s from Cali). He does have a good frame. I just don’t know how interested Kelly would be in a guy who failed to do anything of note in college.
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A much more interesting idea is going after OLB Travis Long. He played at Washington State, but went undrafted because he had a torn ACL. Long had surgery back in November and is now getting healthy enough to work out for teams.
Long, 6-4, 245, wasn’t a great player at WSU, but was very good. He finished his career with 20.5 sacks. He played DE/LB in a hybrid defense. Long lacks the explosion to be a special pass rusher, but he could be a backup and role player in the NFL. Former Eagles scout John Middlekauf had him graded as a 6th round pick.
I’m sure Kelly is familiar with him. Long had 4.5 TFLs against Oregon in 4 games. Long had 42 TFLs in his WSU career. That production and his frame make him appealing as mid-summer addition. The key will be his knee checking out. As for the timing of that, Donovan McNabb tore his ACL in November 2006 and played the next summer and all season. Long playing this year isn’t a given, but is possible.
Here is Long in action.
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What about veteran free agents?
John Abraham is the top pass rusher on the market. He’s more of a 4-3 rusher at this point. I don’t think the Eagles will have interest. The team could use OLB help, but there aren’t good players available, either due to fit or talent.
Richard Seymour talked to the Falcons in June, but remains on the market. I don’t see the Eagles being interested. DE could be a position of strength already, with Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Bennie Logan, Clifton Geathers and Joe Kruger already in place.
You can bet Howie Roseman will keep his eyes open. He is always looking to improve the roster.
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The first part of camp will likely be a major evaluation period. The coaches could only see so much in the non-contact spring. It will be up to the coaches, scouts and personnel execs to identify weak spots quickly so the team can begin looking for help. The sooner you can bring guys in, the sooner they can get acclimated and really help out.