Canadian OL Anim Dankwah signs with Philadelphia Eagles as NFL undrafted free agent

Photo courtesy: David Sierra/Howard Athletics

Canadian offensive lineman Anim Dankwah has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, per FCS Football Central.

The native of Brampton, Ont. went unselected in the 2024 NFL Draft but will now join the NFC East powerhouse and vie for a spot protecting Jalen Hurts.

Dankwah has spent the past five seasons at Howard University in Washington, D.C., appearing in 39 games and establishing himself as a three-year starter at left tackle. In 11 games as a senior, he allowed a career-low 11 pressures and two sacks while anchoring an offence that averaged nearly 384 yards per game. As a result, he was named first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this year, building off a second-team selection last season.

Born in Accra, Ghana, Dankwah immigrated to Ontario to live with his father while attending high school and began playing football at St. Roch Catholic Secondary School. After excelling at the new sport, he moved to The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. to finish his high school eligibility, before landing an opportunity with the Bisons as a zero-star recruit.

The six-foot-eight, 353-pound blocker attended the East-West Shrine Bowl earlier this offseason and landed an invite to the 2024 NFL Combine, where he was the largest offensive lineman in attendance. He posted a 27.5-inch vertical and put up 24 reps on the bench at the event, but chose to hold off on the remaining tests until his pro day.

The HBCU standout ran a 5.44-second forty-yard dash, 5.21-second three-cone, and 8.46-second three-cone drill, while leaping 88 inches in the broad jump at that event on March 28. He later participated in the Washington Commanders’ local pro day, though those results were never made public.

Dankwah is the 11th-ranked prospect in the 2024 CFL Draft but is expected to be selected much later due to his substantial NFL opportunity and lack of mobility. He is one of seven Canadians who earned NFL opportunities over the past three days, four of whom were drafted.