Which players are the Eagles high on going into the NFL Draft? Offense edition

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Offensive Tackle:

R1: Cody Ford, Oklahoma: Official visit, Private & Pro day workout
R2: Tytus Howard, Alabama State: Official Visit, Combine meeting, Pro Day attendance
R2: Dalton Risner, Kansas Combine meeting
R2 Kaleb McGary, Washington: Pro Day, official visit
R4: Oli Udoh, Elon: Shrine game, Pro Day
R5: Tyler Roemer, San Diego State: COmbine
R6: Brian Wallace, Arkansas: Shrine ga,e
R7: Ryan Pope, San Diego State: Combine
UDFA: Brandon Hitner, Villanova: Local visit

The big name here is Alabama State’s Tytus Howard, who has not only soared up draft boards in recent months, but also into the heart of Eagles OL coach, Jeff Stoutland, who appears to have found a soft spot for the former quarterback. I don’t think Howard will go in round 1 as some reports cite, but the Eagles could leap at the chance to snatch him in round 2…or trade back if they can’t find a target at 25.

Oli Udoh is another name that stands out. A true small-school sleeper, Udoh stands at 6’5, 327 lbs…although he was close to 400 lbs during his final season. The man is a total monster who blew up after an impressive Shrine Game performance, earning a Senior Bowl nod in the process. Udoh has the raw power to sustain blocks and the size to compliment. Another developmental talent for Jeff Stoutland to mold…but this is where the reverse draft is beginning to struggle because the Eagles need a fringe-starter here.

The Eagles don’t need an immediate starter at tackle and they do have a serviceable backup in Vaitai. Bridging the gap between Vaitai and Mailata will be the aim here.

Offensive guard

R1: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: Official Visit, Pro day
R5: Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas: Official visit, Pro Day
R6: Joshua Miles, Morgan State: Shrine game
R6: Fred Johnson, Florida: Combine meeting
UDFA Ethan Greenridge, Villanova: Local visit

No surprises here. Extending Isaac Seumalo was huge for the Eagles and with a developmental talent in Matt Pryor waiting in the wings, there’s no real sense of urgency as the linear path to starting center opens. When Jason Kelce does decide to retire, Seumalo will slide inside and Pryor will bump up, in an ideal world.

But with the injury to Brandon Brooks, the Eagles may seek an insurance policy and another developmental talent for Stoutland to groom, hence the late-round focus. Joshua Miles would be a steal in the sixth round if he’s still available, but don’t expect anything drastic.

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