According to a report in the Tennessean, former Middle Tennessee State tackle Franklin Dunbar has signed has signed with the Eagles, becoming the fourth rookie lineman to join the team since Saturday.
Dunbar joins Mike McGlynn, Mike Gibson, and King Dunlap as one of the new faces trying to solidify the depth along Philadelphia's offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Dunbar played left tackle and was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, but lacks the speed and agility to handle the pass-rushing defensive ends of the NFL. He declared for the draft after his junior season with the Blue Raiders.
Scout.com's Thomas Marino, a former NFL scout, offers his own take on Dunbar: "A massive, very strong prospect who has been a starter at the LOT position for three seasons. The only true hardship case in this year's draft. Is not a nifty, quick footed, dancing bear on the outside and doesn't have any LOT potential at the next level. Lacks agility, body quickness, balance, bend and footwork. At the outset, is going to have a very difficult time when the bullets start to fly (game pace).
Dunbar was not the only undrafted player to land in Philadelphia as a free agent. A league source told Scout.com's Ed Thompson that former Hofstra cornerback Kyle Arrington has agreed to sign with the Eagles.
Although the Eagles drafted cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu in the fourth-round, he will likely miss the 2008 season rehabilitating a knee injury, so Arrington might have a shot to make the team. He is not very tall for an NFL cornerback, standing at just 5-foot-9, but has some bulk at 192-pounds, and What he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed. At his pro day, Arrington was clocked in at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
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