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Today’s Philadelphia Eagles links take a look at an undrafted free agent signing that could pay off big, wide receiver Torrey Smith’s philanthropy and more.
ESPN’s Field Yates reported Monday evening that the Eagles were signing former Oklahoma defensive tackle Charles Walker.
Source: former Oklahoma DT Charles Walker is signing with the Eagles. Talented dude who gets a shot in Philly.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 8, 2017
The Eagles have made a couple other post-draft signings that could help, like running back Corey Clement, but Walker stands out a little bit more than some of the others.
Walker quit the Sooners after suffering his third concussion last fall to focus on his professional career, which caused him to fall down draft boards. Walk was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2015 with 10 tackles for loss and six sacks in a reserve/substitute role. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper apparently said Walker could have been a first-round pick if he didn’t leave Oklahoma at midseason.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Walker had been battling depression, and some of his concussion symptoms could have actually been depression symptoms. Rapoport reported that Walker wrote NFL teams letters before the draft to explain his status. The Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor also has a story about Walker’s journey.
On the field, Walker could compete for time. One defensive tackle spot is set with Fletcher Cox, but Beau Allen will miss time with a torn pectoral injury. And while the Eagles drafted Elijah Qualls out of Washington in the sixth round in this year’s draft, Walker can push for time. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s defense needs defensive linemen who can make their own plays, and Walker fits that bill.
It’s an intriguing move at this point, and with rookie minicamp getting underway soon, the questions about what Walker can do will soon be answered.
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