The value the Eagles are getting with Prince Tega Wanogho Eagles at the end of the sixth-round of the draft is huge -- and not just because they moved down 20 spots and picked up Marquise Goodwin from the 49ers as part of the process, either.
Some draft experts gave Wanogho as high as a third-round grade. However, when he arrived at the Senior Bowl in January, he wasn't allowed to participate after a physical revealed fluid inside of his knee.
Wanogho apparently played through the injury last season, and it's not believed to be serious based on a scope performed after the Senior Bowl. But the words "medical red flag" seem to have been seared into the minds of GMs, allowing a talented left tackle prospect to drop all the way to No. 210.
If he is in fact healthy, Wanogho very well could be the steal of the draft for the Eagles.
Standing 6-foot-5, 308 pounds, Wanogho started 32 games in college. Prior to committing to Auburn though, the Nigeria native was a high school basketball player, possessing impressive athletic ability for his size.
It's difficult to quantify Wanogho's physical traits as he was unable to participate at the combine. But again, the belief is interest would've been higher were it not for the discovery about his knee.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a flyer on an injury at this stage of the draft, as this is the crap shoot stage. And in the case of Wanogho, his ceiling is that of a starting left tackle in the NFL, something the Eagles may well wind up needing.
Andre Dillard is set to take over for Jason Peters, and if his ups and downs as a rookie don't concern you, rumors the Eagles dangled the former first-round pick in trades might. His future in Philadelphia is unknown, whether he pans out or not.
Uncertainty over Wanogho's knee means it might be a stretch to call him Dillard insurance. That being said, if healthy, it isn't difficult to imagine a scenario where this Prince becomes the true heir to Peters' throne should Dillard struggle to cement the job.
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