Staying true to their age old philosophy of “building through the trenches”, the Philadelphia Eagles stuck to their board on Friday night, selecting Alabama center Landon Dickerson with the 37th pick in the draft.
An elite-caliber prospect whose college career has been marred by injury, Dickerson is a very “boom or bust” type of player.
Some thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles second-round draft pick.
Here are some thoughts on the decision to nab him in the second round:
Landon Dickerson is genuinely a great prospect.
More from Section 215
- Philadelphia 76ers: Could a reunion with J.J. Redick be in order?
- Philadelphia 76ers: The George Hill situation somehow just got even worse
- Philadelphia 76ers: Georges Niang is a free agency risk worth taking
- Philadelphia 76ers: Who will help to carry Andre Drummond?
- Philadelphia 76ers: It’s time to bring Andre Iguodala back to Philly
Right off the bat, I can’t talk about Dickerson without mentioning his insanely high level of ability. A multi-year starter at two different college programs (Florida State and Alabama), Dickerson would have been a first-round selection if it wasn’t for all the injuries.
“The Draft Network” had Dickerson ranked as their 32nd best prospect in the year’s draft class – so a first-round grade.
Standing in at an impressive 6-6 and 326lbs, Dickerson has proven versatile enough to thrive in a variety of different blocking schemes. He can protect the QB in the pocket, he can get up the field on runs, and he’s mobile enough to move around in zone concepts.
Whether it’s at center or guard, Dickerson very blatantly has the tools to develop at the NFL level.
Anytime you can draft a prospect who’s received such high praise from both scouts and analysts alike, you’d be a fool to pass up on the opportunity. If Dickerson is able to stay healthy throughout his Eagles career, he should fit right in with an organization that loves themselves some elite-tier O-Linemen.