Undrafted Eagles rookies with solid chances of earning roster spots

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Mario Goodrich, Philadelphia Eagles
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. . Mario Goodrich, cornerback. 32. player. 54.

Josh Jobe could make a serious run at an Eagles roster spot… maybe.

During a season-long battle with turf toe in his final run at the collegiate level with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Josh Jobe proved he was a solid corner opposite Jalyn Armour-Davis who won the other starting outside cornerback job as the replacement for Patrick Surtain.

Before a late-season injury that required surgery, Jobe was Bama’s most talented corner. Philly landed him as one of a trio of intriguing young cornerbacks. Josh Blackwell (Duke Blue Devils) and Mario Goodrich are the other two. Don’t be shocked if it’s Goodrich that proves he’s the most prepared to prove he’s ready for the bright lights of the NFL.

Blackwell’s stat line wasn’t overly impressive. He broke up 20 passes during his four-year, 32-game college football career. He never intercepted a pass, but he’d provide tremendous value on special teams.

Goodrich was the teammate of a first-round draft choice in 2022, Andrew Booth Jr., but there were times during the season when Goodrich looked every bit the future NFL star that Booth was.

The Eagles’ situation at cornerback looks a lot like what’s happening at wide receiver. There are a ton of bodies (13). Three will, most certainly, make the roster (Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Avonte Maddox), and that means ten guys are battling for what’s probably three jobs on the 53-man roster.

We can argue that Goodrich, Blackwell, and Jobe have to pass the likes of Tay Gowan, Craig James, Mac McCain III, Zech McPhearson, Jimmy Moreland, Josiah Scott, and Kary Vincent Jr. on the depth chart to have legitimate shots at roster spots, but we can also argue that we aren’t sure that the UDFA rookies aren’t already as good as those guys are. It should be an intriguing battle at camp.