NFL pundits conditioned us to believe that the blindside tackle is the most important football position after quarterback.
Howie Roseman seems to believe it as well. He shrewdly moved up from No. 25 to No. 22 to grab left tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State to be Jason Peters’ successor as the protector of Carson Wentz’s blindside.
With needs at safety, running back, wide receiver and defensive end, the Eagles can’t fill their complete wish list with their two second-round picks (No. 53 and No. 57).
They could be looking at running backs like Miles Sanders of Penn State or Darrell Henderson of Memphis, or defensive back Nasser Adderley of Deleware or edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech, or Virginia safety Juan Thornhill, or running back David Montgomery of Iowa State.
Even though the Bears acquired Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears, the need for a running back is still crucial. Injuries chew up depth at that position.
That Dillard maneuver cost the Eagles their No. 25 pick, plus their fourth-round pick (No. 127) and their sixth-round pick (No. 197).
The move undoubtedly disappointed the Houston Texans who were reportedly interested in grabbing Dillard with the No. 23 pick.
With Peters now 37, the Eagles considered this a priority selection. Dillard only gave up one sack all season.
According to Bleedinggreennation.com, the Eagles believed they were going to move up to the No. 13 pick and take defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. However, the trade with the Dolphins fell through. Instead, the Dolphins took Wilkins.
For The Win, a USA TODAY affiliate, graded the Dillard selection an A+, calling Dillard “the best pass protector in the class.”
CBS Sportsline graded the Dillard pick a B- because the analyst believed Florida’s Jawaan Taylor was a better tackle.