The Eagles have reportedly agreed to terms with their third undrafted rookie free agent running back, the latest being Derrick Locke from Kentucky. Much like the other two, Graig Cooper and Noel Devine, he's a small back, but very fast and versatile. He ran a 4.40 40 at the combine and was productive as a RB, return man and receiver against elite competition in the SEC.
However, also like the other RBs the Eagles picked up, Locke saw his draft stock drop after an injury killed his production in his senior year. Locke broke his forearm early in the year and then suffered a stinger late in the year. The latter injury reportedly limited his motion in the his shoulder and forced him to lose feeling for a few weeks.
He had originally agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, but failed a physical. The Eagles have apparently decided to take a flyer on him. Locke confirmed that he had been picked up by the Eagles on his official Facebook page.
Like we said with the other UDFAs the Eagles have signed, if there was ever a year to take chances it is this one. Teams have 90 roster spots to play with, which is more than they've never had. So there's really nothing to lose by getting some of these high ceiling guys into camp to see what they have. If they aren't entirely healthy, they can always be cut or stashed on injured reserve.