Philadelphia Eagles: Meet the UDFAs

Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) reacts to a goal line stand against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) reacts to a goal line stand against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

With voluntary OTAs starting to get underway, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed a handful of UDFAs to participate and prove they deserve to make the 53-man roster

As the voluntary OTAs are underway for all 32 teams, our Philadelphia Eagles have asked 10 undrafted free agents to come to the Nova Care Complex and show their worth to coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman. I will be focusing on the 4 most promising prospects.

Howie has invited a mix of offensive and defensive talent that could very easily see some time next season. Without further ado, let us take a look at some of the new faces in South Philly.

1. Corey Clement

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Wisconsin

At the combine, Clement ran a 4.68 40-yard dash, while registering 19 repetitions during the bench press, along with a 28.5 in the vertical jump and a 115 in the broad jump. What helps him stand out is his athletic ability. Unfortunately, his 2015 season was a wash due to him sitting out all season from a sports hernia.

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In his 2016-2017 season he rushed for an impressive 1375 yards and 15 touchdowns. This helped quite the critics that he was a capable replacement for the Los Angeles Chargers’ running back Melvin Gordon. During this past season he earned 2nd Team All Big-Ten honors.

His addition would further add to the speculation that the running back depth chart will all but certainly see Ryan Matthews leave the City of Brotherly Love. It’s difficult to say where he slates into a backfield that will feature Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, and Donnel Pumphrey, but you could see him in situational scenarios or the return game for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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2. Winston Craig

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 288 lbs.
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • School: Richmond

Craig didn’t attend the NFL Draft Combine, but at his pro day he ran a 5.02 40, put up 25 reps during the 225 pound bench press, jumped 28 inches during the vertical jump, and 9.03 during the broad.

His 2016 campaign was an improvement from his 2015 campaign.  He recorded 11 tackles for loss, an improvement from his 4.5 a year ago. He also improved his sack total from 2.5 in 2015 to 7.5 in his final season.

I wouldn’t expect him to make it through the first round of cuts with a lot of mechanical work needing to be done to his technique. If he was to somehow make it through and grace the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster it will be due to injuries and just providing some extra depth. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to land on a team’s practice squad though.

3. Tyler Orlosky

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 298 lbs.
  • Position: Center
  • School: West Virginia

When Orlosky first stepped foot on campus, he was taking reps as a guard on the school’s scout team. Fast forward to the following year and he started taking some reps at center. Following three starts in his 2013 season at West Virginia, he became the man of the middle. As a junior he received second-team All-Big 12 honors, and then followed it up with a first-team all-confrence bid this past season.

Tyler Orlosky was a three-year starter at WVU. You can’t teach speed, and you can’t teach the killer instinct that all the best athletes have. Orlosky has always been regarded as having a mean streak that every coach wants from their interior lineman. His attitude and work ethic are another positive to having him around the team.

He also isn’t afraid to challenge the vets in the gym. He also is thick throughout his upper body which is a positive for lineman.  He posses some incredible hands and can really benefit the Philadelphia Eagles’ run and pass game. He isn’t afraid to get gritty and push a rusher out of the gap or remove a rusher their path to the QB.

Where he comes up short is in the physical traits. He is susceptible to delayed blitzes and twists with his lack of lateral movement. He also fights himself with getting his hips into place off the snap. With his shorter arm span he is also over matched depending on the matchup he faces. With all signs pointing to the Eagles moving on from Kelce as he confronts the trade rumors to the Saints, Orlosky could easily becomes the team No. 2 center. He could easily find time as a starter in the NFL as he possess the potential to be a starter in the future.

4.  Randall Goforth

  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Position: Corner Back
  • School: UCLA

Goforth was a snub for the NFL Draft Combine, even though he had an admirable four-year career at UCLA. This did not discourage the multi-positional defensive back though. At the UCLA pro day he clocked in at 4.53 during the 40, and 7.04 for the three-cone drill.  His 40 yard dash time would have been the seventh best among all safeties in Indy for the combine.

During his freshmen in 2012 at UCLA he moved to safety. After sitting out for most of the year in 2014, he responded well by playing respectfully in 2015 and 2016. During his final season he lined up at safety, corner, and the nickel.

His final season he logged 58 total tackles, four interceptions, and deflected nine passes. Being an athlete who is constantly overlooked, he will bring heart and fight to any roster. What hurt him was being a combine snub as he had the potential to showcase what he lacks in potential. At the young age of 23 and constantly coming out swinging against expectations, Goforth could quickly become a leader along the defensive side of the ball.

Next: Philadelphia Eagles: Projected 53-Man Roster & Depth Chart

With the Eagles having many question marks with their defensive backs, you could possibly see Goforth suited up in green and black next season.