Author: Jake Gagliardi
It might not have been the flashy pick many people were looking for, but I can assure you it’s the smart one.
With Jason Peters time most likely coming to an end after this year, we got the best possible replacement for him. The NFL combine lists Andre Dillard at 6’5 315lbs. The left tackle also ran a sub five 40-yard dash and had a 24-rep bench press. He is extremely quick and reminds me a lot of Lane Johnson when we drafted him. They’re both great athletes who can move very well on the line. Like Lane Johnson, they are both a little raw (even though he was a four-year starter at Washington state). Luckily for Philadelphia, they have what seems to be a very accepting line (with great chemistry) that looks to coach up the young guys. Jason Peters knows that his time is limited now, but having him mentor Dillard will be very impactful, especially at such a young age. It is no coincidence that Lane Johnson ended up being this good so quick.
I cannot have asked for a better selection by General Manager Howie Roseman in the first round of the NFL draft. Protection Carson Wentz should be the Eagles biggest priority, and with Jason Peters on the verge of retirement, getting a tackle was an area of extreme need.