By Barbara Harrison
The high-profile Eagles draft picks got all the attention, but very often the undrafted rookies can make a splash, and the Birds signed 15 rookies who will be joining the team as free agents.
Among the group is center Mike Coccia, who played his college ball at Chip Kelly’s old stomping grounds in New Hampshire, and UTEP tight end Eric Tomlinson (photo above). Tomlinson’s signing reunites him with second-round pick and high school teammate Eric Rowe, who will be working to carve out a role in the team’s secondary this season.
Coccia is one of several interior offensive linemen on the list. The Eagles also signed UNLV guard Brett Boyko, UCLA guard Malcom Bunche and Nebraska-Kearney guard Cole Manhart.
Delaware Valley wide receiver Rasheed Bailey, UNLV wide receiver Devante Davis, Duke linebacker Jordan Dewalt-Ondijo, Michigan State tight end Andrew Gleichert, Texas wide receiver John Harris, Purdue running back Raheem Mostert, San Jose State defensive end Travis Raciti, Coastal Carolina defensive back Denzel Rice, Oklahoma State punter Kip Smith and UCF tight end Justin Tukes round out the group.