Receivers Terrell Golden (Penn State), Shaheer McBride (Delaware State) and Frantz Hardy (Nebraska) all signed with the team on Monday as undrafted free agents, along with fullback Jed Collins (Washington State) and linebacker Justin Roland (Kansas State).
The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Golden worked in the receiver rotation at Penn State and had the best campaign of his career as a senior, making 30 receptions for 345 yards and scoring three touchdowns in 13 games. His best performance of 2007 came in a 38-7 route of Wisconsin, where he caught five passes for 83 yards. In four years with the Lions, Golden played in 27 games and recorded 48 receptions for 735 yards and five touchdowns. He has good size for a receiver, but the fact that he was never able to really break into Penn State's starting lineup says he might only have limited potential.
WR Frantz Hardy is one of many undrafted players trying to break into the league
Coming out of Division I-AA Delaware State, McBride entered the draft as a legitimate receiver prospect and even participated in the NFL's Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound McBride was a four-year starter for the Hornets and a dominant player at his level of competition, as he set school records in receptions (201) and receiving yards (3,007), while adding 33 touchdowns. The Chester, PA, native was also a standout basketball player in high school, being named the 2002-03 Delaware County Player of the Year.
Although he did not have a great combine, running the 40 somewhere in the 4.6-second range, he showed good hands when he worked out with former University of Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, a first-round pick by the Ravens, and improved his time when scouts came to his pro day, cutting it down to about 4.5-seconds. McBride has been on the Eagles radar for a while, as team scouts were on hand at his workouts at Delaware State in March.
Outside of the receivers, the Eagles added Collins to provide more competition at the fullback position. Originally recruited to play linebacker for Washington State, the 6-foot-1, 249-pound Collins switched to tight end before his junior season, and the move paid dividends for his career. He had a banner year as a senior, recording 52 catches for 512 yards and three touchdowns, including two separate games where he caught 10 passes. For his career, Collins had 80 receptions for 899 yards and six touchdowns, along with two rushing touchdowns. Collins probably has a better chance to compete for a spot on the team than most of the other undrafted rookies since the Eagles do not have a clear-cut answer at fullback, with Dan Klecko and Jason Davis as the only other two on the roster.
At linebacker, Roland joins the Eagles after finishing second on Kansas State's defense in tackles in 2007, recording 70 stops as a senior. The 5-foot-11, 242-pound Roland also had an interception and a sack in his last season at KSU, and was a two-year letteman with the Wildcats after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M following the 2005 season. If he manages to make the team, he probably won't be more than a practice squad player.
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