Josh Jobe got a lot of guaranteed money, but will he make the Eagles’ roster?
The game has seemingly changed. These days, you have to wonder if being a seventh-round draft choice is still a better path to making a little spending money than going undrafted, letting interested teams bid on you, and then signing a UDFA deal. The latter option seems to be the better way to guarantee yourself some spending money.
Philly’s ability to acquire a talent like James Bradberry and do so past the midpoint of May is a gamechanger, but let’s not forget they have some talented young prospects that they added shortly after the most recent selection meeting wrapped: Mario Goodrich (Clemson Tigers), Josh Blackwell (Duke Blue Devils), and Josh Jobe (Alabama Crimson Tide).
The amount of guaranteed money given to a rookie undrafted free agent can often tell you what the Birds think of someone. We’ve seen Jack Stoll and Nate Herbig cash in recently, and we’ve seen both make the roster and find their way onto the field to enjoy significant playing time.
Look at the amount of cash that Philadelphia spent on these cornerbacks. Goodrich got $217,000 guaranteed. Blackwell earns $137,500. The Birds are giving $135,000 to Josh Jobe. Blackwell never intercepted a pass during 32 career games at the collegiate level, but he does provide some value on special teams, particularly as a gunner.
He reportedly ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash time at Duke’s Pro Day. Jobe has a ton of potential but is coming off of an injury and lacks consistency. That contributed to some busted coverages due to bad technique.
It will be interesting to see how both are valued as we move through the summer. For now, however, slot Blackwell slightly ahead of Jobe due to the speed, consistency, and health concerns.