Eagles Sign Newark Alumnus After 2015 NFL Draft
G Malcom Bunche, 6-6, 320 pounds, UCLA. Newark High School alumnus. Photo courtesy of YouTube.
One need is offensive linemen, as the team cut longtime veteran guard Todd Herremans this offseason, and has reportedly shopped veteran guard Evan Mathis on the trading block. With Jason Peters not getting any younger, the team's only experienced options for the future are tackle Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce. Matt Tobin and Allen Barbre are expected to compete for starting jobs this year.
The birds signed four offensive linemen in the crop of 15 URFA's, one of which may be a familiar face here in Newark: Malcolm Bunche, a guard who played most of his career at the University of Miami, but transferred to UCLA for his senior season. Bunche is 6'6", 320 pounds, and according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, has a good chance of making the final, 53-man roster.
"Finished his college career at UCLA after spending four years at the University of Miami. Bunche started nine games along the offensive line at both left tackle and guard for the Bruins in 2014 after enrolling as a graduate student. Prior to his time at UCLA, Bunche played in 31 games (14 starts) at Miami," says Shor-Parks.
Bunche is a product of Newark High School. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school according to rivals.com; ranked the No. 18 prep offensive guard in the nation by scout.com; rated No. 39 offensive tackle by Rivals.com; and rated No. 86 offensive tackle by ESPN out of high school.
According to UCLA's athletics website, he lists the Eagle's Jason Peters as the athlete he admires. He plays golf in his spare time.