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Eagles NFL draft options at 25: OT Andre Dillard

Eagles NFL draft options at 25: OT Andre Dillard

Andre Dillard, one of the top two or three offensive line prospects in this year’s draft, stands 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and should be able to step in and play from the get-go.

Dillard is a smooth, polished three-year starter with terrific footwork and strength. Any question about whether he was a top-20 pick went out the window when he crushed it at the combine, where he ran 4.96, had the second-fastest cone drill and the fastest short-shuttle drill.

The biggest question about Dillard is his run blocking ability, since Washington State basically throws every down — the Cougars had 4,859 passing yards and 1,096 rushing yards last year. But he’s athletic enough that getting up to par shouldn’t be a problem. 

Current roster at OT: Jason Peters is nearing the end, and although Jordan Mailata is an intriguing prospect, it wouldn’t surprise anybody if the Eagles drafted an offensive tackle in the first round. Lane Johnson, the starter on the right side, turns 29 next month, so infusing the roster with young offensive line talent is important.

How he would fit: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a fifth-round pick in 2016, has been the backup the last couple years and was the starter down the stretch and in the postseason during the Super Bowl season. But he regressed last year and isn’t really seen as a long-term solution at left tackle.

Dillard would give the Eagles a legit stud left tackle who could play now if the oft-injured 37-year-old Peters got hurt and could eventually replace Peters when he either retires or the Eagles decide to finally move on.

Eagles' history at OT in draft: Since 1991, the Eagles have taken four offensive tackles in the first round — all among the first 14 picks, most recently Johnson in 2013. The Saints are the only other NFL team that’s taken four offensive tackles in the first half of the first round since 1991.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank is joined by a tired Dave Zangaro, still in Indianapolis at the combine. 

They guys break down Howie Roseman’s recent comments about the linebacker position and Howie’s radio remarks about the Jadeveon Clowney hit. 

The latest on Malcolm Jenkins, the proposed CBA and Rich Scangarello’s role in the Eagles’ offense. 

• Still not ready to spend on linebackers 
• Howie speaks out about Clowney’s hit
• Latest on the Malcolm Jenkins situation 
• A closer look at the proposed CBA and why it’s going to pass 
• Figuring out Rich Scangarello’s importance to the offense 
• And what if the Eagles bring back Alshon Jeffery? 

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NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

Jadeveon Clowney is Public Enemy No. 1 for Eagles fans right now, after his dirty hit in the Wild Card round injured Carson Wentz and ended the Birds' playoff hopes.

Can you imagine facing Clowney twice in 2020? That might end up a reality, according to a report from none other than ESPN's Josina Anderson, another villain from the Wentz hit fallout.

Anderson reports that Clowney is opening to returning to the Seahawks in 2020, but is also open to other opportunities, and could be courted by an Eagles rival:

Ignoring the football implications for now - Clowney, antics aside, is good at football - let's think instead about the absolute mayhem that would meet Clowney when the Giants visited The Linc.

It would probably be... a lot. For a fanbase willing to boo its own guys, that's nothing compared to the wrath Philly fans unleash when they feel they've been wronged by a player, justified or not. Just ask Sidney Crosby how his last decade-plus of visits to this side of the state have been, without anything nearly as malicious on his rap sheet.

The entire organization was angry about the play, from guys like Jason Peters in the hours after the hit to Howie Roseman talking about its lingering effects just this week (see story), which means we'd likely see a fired-up team take the field in that first Giants game, especially if it happened to be at home, emotions swirling in the South Philly winds.

Roseman encapsulated most fans' feelings when he spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday:

We thought that was a foul. We’re sick to our stomach about the way our season ended for our team and Carson in particular. (...) Doug’s sick. Jeffery’s sick about it. Our whole organization is sick about it. We’re there, we have a home playoff game, eight plays in? Come on.

Luckily for Eagles fans seeking to voice their frustration, even if Clowney goes back to Seattle, he'll still visit the Linc next year. But it would be doubly satisfying to beat him while he plays for a division rival.

Can you imagine the roar of the crowd as Wentz spins out of a Clowney sack attempt, rolls to his right, and rifles a pass to Dallas Goedert to go up by two scores? The Linc might not survive.

We'll see what happens.

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