Philadelphia Eagles: Grading Matt Pryor selection in 2018 NFL Draft

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To help provide protection on the offensive line, the Philadelphia Eagles used a sixth-round pick on TCU’s Matt Pryor.

When compared to previous seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been as busy in the 2018 NFL Draft, although this isn’t exactly the worst thing in the world since some of the sacrificed picks are why they were able to win the Super Bowl. However, for the picks the champions ended up having over the last three days, the Eagles deserve credit for hitting some of their team needs, especially with one of their latest picks in Matt Pryor out of TCU.

More than ever, Philadelphia understands the importance of making sure their beloved quarterback, whether it ends up being Carson Wentz or Nick Foles, is well protected for the 2018 season. Assuming that Wentz fully recovers from his torn ACL by the time Week 1 rolls around, it will be up to the Eagles to make sure he provides even more protection than normal since the last thing they want to see happen is the former first-round pick suffer another devastating injury.

As for Pryor, early signs pointed to Philadelphia addressing the offensive line at some point in this year’s draft since one of the main reasons why they were able to make a Super Bowl run last year was due to the depth on the unit. Between his massive size along with his blocking abilities is one of numerous reasons as to why the Eagles were interested in a player like Pryor this late in the draft, but also there are some concerns as well.

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For example, one of the main reasons why Pryor may have fallen as far as he did was due to the concerns surrounding his weight, although hopefully that can be addressed over the next few months now that he’s officially part of the Super Bowl champions. This late in the draft, the Eagles can afford a risk like this, and since there seems to be potential with the TCU standout, Pryor earns a B- when it comes to this pick. After focusing on other areas leading up to this point, it was good to see Philadelphia find at least one member to add to the offensive line before Day 3 officially came to an end.