How many of you are honest enough to admit that the first time you had ever heard of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program was when you heard that term used in conjunction with undrafted defensive end Matt Leo?
Well, to be honest, it wasn’t the first time Philly’s gone that route to acquire talent. Don’t be alarmed. This isn’t some strange experiment Philly’s participating in to acquire talent. this is something they’ve done before.
The International Player Pathway Program is actually how Jordan Mailata was discovered and developed before his selection in 2018’s draft. Injuries have stalled Mailata’s development, so we don’t have a final grade yet. Both the 2018 and 2019 seasons have ended with him on the team’s injured reserve, but there is the hope that he can still develop into what Philly is expecting.
Similar excitement around the franchise is being heaped on Leo. He’s yet another potential star in the trenches. He just happens to play on the other side of the ball.
This six-foot-seven, 275-pound prospect racked up 33 total tackles and three sacks in 20 career games at the collegiate level, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he leapfrogs three or four guys for a spot on the roster. You have to believe that he’s the last man on an Eagles depth chart for defensive linemen that has nine names on it. Grade: undetermined