Eagles draft their Jason Kelce successor with the 37th pick in Landon Dickerson
The Philadelphia Eagles continue their long-standing tradition with drafting offensive linemen early, selecting Alabama center Landon Dickerson. Dickerson is considered a heavy boom or bust prospect with significant health concerns. Despite that, if he can work through the injuries, the potential is extremely high. Landon is currently recovering from a torn ACL last season.
Philly has known they need to line up a replacement for veteran Jason Kelce. Kelce has been contemplating retirement for several years but has persevered and been the staple of the Eagles’ o-line. A few weeks ago, it was leaked that the Eagles had numerous discussions with another center prospect in Quinn Meinerz.
There are numerous traits between Kelce and Dickerson, most notably their leadership. Landon was a captain for the Alabama Crimson Tide this past season but missed several games due to knee injuries. He is fantastic in the trenches, with his strength being in the run game with his wide frame. There are some slight knocks against his form in pass pro, but Jeff Stoutland should have no difficulty fixing that up.
After never taking an Alabama player in the first four rounds before yesterday, the Eagles have spent their first two picks on members of the reigning national champs. Philly will be back on the clock later tonight with their third-round selection, having traded the Colts pick to Dallas for DeVonta Smith yesterday.
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