9 undrafted players who helped Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl 52
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement runs ahead of New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
This time of year, NFL fans and analysts grow enamored with top-tier draft prospects and spend countless hours considering what teams will do with their top picks.
All the hubbub can make it easy to forget plenty of key players across the league entered the professional ranks without much hype at all. For reference, look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ run to their first Super Bowl championship.
A vital starter in Philly’s secondary, two running backs who scored in the Super Bowl and the tight end who threw perhaps the season’s most famous pass all entered the NFL as undrafted free agents. Two team captains also started long professional careers in that fashion.
While several former first-round Top 10 picks helped the Eagles win the title, nine undrafted players severed prominent roles in their storied season, as well. Here’s a look at those guys:
Clement was the only undrafted rookie on the field for the Eagles in the Super Bowl, and he made his presence felt. After establishing himself as a do-it-all reserve in the backfield for the Birds, Clement caught four passes for 100 yards against the Patriots, including an acrobatic touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.
The performance — and Clement’s strong play all year — evoked a question: Why didn’t anybody draft him out of Wisconsin?
Character concerns and injury concerns (neither of which materialized in Philadelphia last season) might be the best bet. Whatever the reason, the Eagles were quick to scoop Clement up on the free agent market, and the move paid off.
- MORE: How Corey Clement wound up where he wanted to be