The Eagles capped off the 2012 NFL Draft by adding former Tennessee and Kansas State RB Bryce Brown in the seventh-round.
But their work wasn’t done there.
The team has reportedly added 13 undrafted rookie free agents last night that will come in and attempt to compete for a spot on the 53 man roster. The Eagles have now filled 88 of their 90 roster positions.
Among the highlights are University of Washington RB Chris Polk who ran for 1,341 yards last seasons, caught 29 passes for 329 yards and 15 total touchdowns, and former Oregon CB Cliff Harris.
Polk was thought by many to be a mid-round draft pick, but injury concerns left him undrafted.
In an interview with NFLdraftscout.com, Polk said, “I will just have to go out there and show them I have a lot of great football left in me. I know teams are concerned about my shoulder, but I also heard somebody say something about a degenerative hip, and there is just no truth to that. I had labrum surgery on the shoulder a year ago and it didn’t slow me down last season.”
Here’s another thing to like about the guy–he chose the Eagles over the Redskins. Good call.
Polk will attempt to earn a spot behind starter LeSean McCoy and reserve Dion Lewis. Barring injuries, he’ll have to beat out Greg Cooper and Brown for the third spot, a task that is certainly not out of the question.
Harris, a former All-American, was dismissed by the Ducks after a variety of off-field issues. He certainly has the talent to push for a roster spot, but time will tell if he has his stuff together in order to do it.
The Eagles also added Miami tight end Chase Ford; Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris, UMass tight end Emil Igwenagu, Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson, Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas, Arizona State wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad, Louisiana College wide receiver Darnell Williams, Montana State wide receiver Elvis “DeClan” Akpla, UTEP longsnapper Matt Camilli, BYU wide receiver McKay Jacobson, Stanford fullback Jeremy Stewart, and Kentucky punter Ryan Tydlacka.
Two quick points on this group:
1) BYU. Was waiting for that.
2) History shows that one or two of these players will make it onto the final roster. So while we may not know Elvis Akpla now, maybe he’ll emerge over the summer. But probably not.