The Eagles have been getting in contact with players they think could be late rounders or UDFAs. One is Middle Tennessee State DL Jimmy Staten.
The San Diego Chargers have perhaps shown the most interest in Staten. They flew him to their team facility last month and then came to Murfreesboro for a private workout a few days later.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers also worked out Staten. The New England Patriots met with him prior to MTSU’s Pro Day and then witnessed his workout at the event. The Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have recently called Staten to get more background information and a contact number for the draft and ensuing free agency.
And some info on him.
Much of Staten’s anxiety and draft status hinge on what position he will play. Currently at 6-foot-4 ½ and 310 pounds, he could play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. But if he is picked up by a team with a 3-4 scheme, Staten would likely bump his weight up to between 320 and 330 pounds to play nose tackle.
“I don’t mind doing that. It won’t be hard because I can gain weight and I love eating,” said Staten, a powerful weight-lifter who did 30 reps of the 225-pound bench press at Pro Day.