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Eagles have franchise left tackle in Andre Dillard

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From Touchdown Wire:

The Eagles have their next franchise left tackle in Andre Dillard.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is one of the NFL’s most astute personnel executives, so when he made the call to move up in the first round of the 2019 draft and select Washington State’s Dillard with the 22nd overall pick, it perked up a lot of ears. Philly has veteran left tackle Jason Peters under contract through the 2019 season, and Peters is still great … when he’s healthy. Ideally, Roseman and his staff want a younger guy they can plug in as right tackle Lane Johnson’s bookend for the next few years.

So far, Dillard has fit the bill. He hasn’t given up a single pressure in 70 preseason snaps, and he’s been a far more powerful and consistent run blocker than one might expect from a graduate of the Mike Leach set of schemes. With his combination of power and agility, Dillard looks every bit a franchise blindside protector.

(I wanted Dillard in the first round, then Winovich in the second. But know-it-all types here shouted loudly what a looser Dillard was. Turns out they might be wrong.)

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4 minutes ago, PantherOnTheProwl1523 said:

Now who would franchise a rookie that was just drafted not to long ago much less being in the NFL long enough to even get franchised.

Wut?

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4 minutes ago, PantherOnTheProwl1523 said:

Now who would franchise a rookie that was just drafted not to long ago much less being in the NFL long enough to even get franchised.

LMFAO.  Are you aware of the term "franchise QB" or "franchise LT"?  Not the Franchise tag.  2 completely different things.

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7 minutes ago, PantherOnTheProwl1523 said:

Now who would franchise a rookie that was just drafted not to long ago much less being in the NFL long enough to even get franchised.

 

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If the Eagles got their guy good for them. Personally I wouldn't make a declaration one way or another about any offensive tackle 2 preseason games into their career.

Lookup the draft history yourself on left tackles in the early rounds the last several years. They go through growing pains much more often than not, and that's when they aren't outright busts.

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3 minutes ago, PantherOnTheProwl1523 said:

I deleted the post so don't act like any of you don't make mistakes.

 

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6 minutes ago, TheRed said:

If the Eagles got their guy good for them. Personally I wouldn't make a declaration one way or another about any offensive tackle 2 preseason games into their career.

Lookup the draft history yourself on left tackles in the early rounds the last several years. They go through growing pains much more often than not, and that's when they aren't outright busts.

Matt Kalil looked better in his rookie year regular season than Dillard so far in his preseason and look how that turned out... The guy has never played a real NFL snap and he’s a “franchise LT” now? Give me a break.

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