By Justin Adkins:
First reported today by Adam Caplan, the Eagles are going to sign Phillip Hunt, a defensive end from the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 6-1, 248 lb pass rusher led that league with 16 sacks during the 2010 season.
Hunt, 25, previously played at the University of Houston, racking up 25 sacks over his final two seasons. He was named Conference USA Player of the Year in 2008.
He went undrafted in 2009 then signed with the Browns but didn’t make it out of camp. Hunt then signed with the Blue Bombers, where he played defensive end in their 4-3.
In the NFL, Hunt will likely be a nickel rusher at best. At his size and skill-set, there’s pretty much no true position for him in an NFL 4-3 defense. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the Eagles from repeatedly drafting under-sized players who don’t fit their system, so at least they’re consistent.
Maybe they’re hoping to mirror the success the Dolphins had in bringing in former Penn Stater Cameron (fka Derek) Wake, himself an undersized pass rusher from the CFL. Wake posted an impressive 14 sacks for Miami this past season, starting every game he played in. Of course, that was while rushing off the edge in their 3-4 hybrid defense, but why let that keep the Eagles from their obsession?
Hopefully Hunt can find a way to continue his CFL success. He’ll likely be battling with Ricky Sapp (yep, an undersized defensive end and failed linebacker experiment) for the last-pass-rusher-on-the-roster spot.
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