Eagles add UDFA Charles Walker to bolster D-line
- Lacking interior defensive line depth, the Philadelphia Eagles signed ex-Oklahoma DT Charles Walker.
- Walker made only four starts in three years at Oklahoma before declaring for the draft, quitting the team four games into last season after suffering his third concussion.
- The redshirt junior accumulated eight hurries and six stops in 144 snaps last season. He also batted four passes at the line of scrimmage.
- As a rotational interior defender in 2015, Walker collected 21 stops in only 187 run-defense snaps. His 11.2 run-stop percentage was third-highest at his position during that season.
- The Eagles are short on depth at the interior defensive line position, so the former Oklahoma Sooner will have an opportunity to win a roster spot during training camp if he taps into his potential.
- Walker’s main competition will come from sixth-round rookie Elijah Qualls, second-year UDFA Destiny Vaeao, Beau Allen (who is currently injured), and first-year Eagle Timmy Jernigan.
- Allen and Vaeao struggled in 2016, particularly against the run. The duo earned a 46.9 and 45.1 run-defense grade respectively.