Lots of things to talk about with the Eagles pick of OL Issac Seumalo.
My take – I liked the pick, but didn’t love it. There were other players that I preferred still on the board. I’m shocked Joe Dahl and Kyle Murphy are still available. I think each guy has the potential to be a starting LT. Christian Westermann is a pure OG, but he’s a terrific athlete with a good nasty streak. He played LG in college and could have been a plug ‘n’ play type prospect at that spot for the Eagles.
One of my issues with Seumalo is that his versatility is a double-edged sword. I watched him play LT, RG and C. I saw good moments at each spot, but it wasn’t nearly the same as watching game after game of another prospect playing the same position. That allows you to see the little things.
Seumalo looked best at C, where he played the most. I thought he was up and down as a G and OT. The Eagles were able to study as many of his 37 starts as they wanted. They also could watch the All-22 footage, which can be critical with interior OL.
Why not OT – Some people are convinced the Eagles had to add an OT to develop to take over for Jason Peters. That would have been nice, but wasn’t a necessity. Right now the Eagles have Peters, Lane Johnson and Dennis Kelly as their top 3 OTs. Kelly can be an effective spot starter and backup. The Eagles can also put Andrew Gardner back outside. He lists as a T/G on the roster.
Lane Johnson can still be the LT of the future. Finding a RT isn’t nearly as difficult and doesn’t have to be done with a high pick or in dramatic fashion. The Eagles can go get a LT next offseason if they want. That isn’t a necessity for now.
What’s up at LG – Right now Allen Barbre, Malcolm Bunche and Seumalo are going to compete for the job. Barbre has the most experience. Bunche is the biggest/strongest. Seumalo is obviously a player the Eagles think highly of.
Character still matters – Chip Kelly was very picky about his players. The Eagles have loosened up on that a bit, but character is still critical. Seumalo rated highly in this area. He was a good student. He was a team captain. Seumalo was selfless with his willingness to move all over and not just stay at one spot.
He is the son of a college assistant. That may not sound like a big deal, but kids of football coaches often learn to truly love the sport. Anyone can love playing for 3 hours on Saturday or Sunday, but it takes someone truly dedicated to love practice, working out and film study. That stuff isn’t fun to the average person. The son of a coach appreciates the work that goes into being ready for games and is more likely to understand the value of that preparation.
What’s up at C – Jason Kelce is the Eagles starting Center. That said, the Eagles have much better depth there. Stefen Wisniewski has started there in the NFL. Josh Andrews and Barrett Jones are backups with potential. Now you have Seumalo in the mix. That’s a lot of guys who could play C.
I don’t think Kelce is in danger of losing his job, but I do think the Eagles want to push him a bit. There is no question that he needs to play better this year.
Is Seumalo the Jordan Hicks of interior OL – It would be pretty darn cool if Seumalo got on the field and played at a high level. We’ll have to see how that goes. I think he has the potential to play this year. I’ve told this story quite a few times over the years, but it bears repeating. I watched a small school all-star game in 2005. There was a kid playing LT that there was some buzz on. I remember writing after the game that the player had some potential, but needed a lot of work and wouldn’t be playing any time soon, especially at LT. I went to Training Camp a few months later. With Tra Thomas hurt, there was rookie Todd Herremans at LT. And doing a solid job. You never know how prospects are going to adjust to the NFL. Put them in a spot and coach them up.
I don’t anticipate Seumalo starting this year, but he will get a shot to win playing time. He has the size, skill and athleticism to win a job and contribute right away.
I’m looking forward to seeing him settle in at one spot and show what he can do.
The Eagles finally added an OL in the draft, taking Isaac Seumalo from Oregon State.
He’s got good size at 6-4, 303. He did very well in the agility tests at the Combine posting a 4.52 SS time and 7.40 3-cone time. Seumalo has a lot of experience. He started as a true Freshman and finished with 37 career starts.
Seumalo has the versatility the Eagles like. From his OSU bio:
23 starts at center, nine at right guard, three at left tackle and two at right tackle
That is incredibly versatility. He can come in and challenge for the LG spot right away, but also offers depth at C if that’s needed. I doubt you look at him at OT unless things are dire in the middle of a game.
This isn’t a sexy pick. Seumalo didn’t play for a great team. He didn’t dominate in an all-star game. He didn’t light up the Combine. He’s just a good, solid football player. He is a good student. His father is an assistant football coach at UNLV. Seumalo is the kind of high character player the Eagles still prefer to bring into the building. He should have the maturity to handle the transition to the NFL well.
With Seumalo, Brandon Brooks and Stefen Wisniewski, the Eagles have upgraded the interior of their OL.
I love the way he finishes blocks. Tough guy with a nasty streak.
The Eagles don’t have a 2nd round pick, making tonight less fun. We’ll have to wait for the 3rd round. The Eagles have the 79th overall selection, which should still net the Eagles a starting caliber prospect.
The Eagles should have good options. They could go:
They could also add a CB or WR, but I tend to think they’ll go elsewhere, unless a highly rated player is on the board and is just too good to pass up.
Graham Glasgow DT Targets
Some other guys who could be targets
RB Jordan Howard
WR Demarcus Robinson
LB Nick Kwiatkoski
LB Joe Schobert
LB Deion Jones
RB Paul Perkins
CB Cyrus Jones
DE Yannick Ngakoue
DL Dean Lowry
The Eagles got their man by taking QB Carson Wentz.
But what is going on with Sam Bradford? It sounds like any hope of a deal with Denver is dead. The Broncos traded up to draft Paxton Lynch, who will be their QB of the future. They don’t have a QB of the present. Some people point out Mark Sanchez is there, but I don’t see how the defending Super Bowl champs can put Sanchez on the field as their starter. I just can’t see that.
Denver could make a run at Brian Hoyer to be their stop-gap starter until Lynch is ready to go, likely in 2017. I’m sure they would love to have Bradford for this year, but can’t see them trading good resources for him at this point.
The Jets still need a QB and something could happen there.
That said, if you listen to everything the Eagles said, they expect Bradford to stay put and be the team’s starter this year. I’m not sure how wise that is after the trade demand, but we’ll see what happens. I’m sure there will be lots of rumors floating tomorrow during the day.
Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell did some great video pieces for PE.com on Carson Wentz. They aren’t archived yet so I can’t link to them.
They showed Wentz making pre-snap adjustments, good reads during plays and moving in the pocket. These are subtle, but crucial qualities for NFL QBs. You really need access to All-22 tape to see some of this stuff. We still don’t get much of that for prospects unfortunately so it was great to see Wentz broken down in that kind of detail. Really great pieces.
I still preferred Goff to him, but the stuff they showed did make me even more confident that Wentz can be a darn good NFL QB.
In case you missed this, Dallas had significant interest in drafting Wentz at pick 4 if he was still on the board. The Eagles may have found their franchise QB and also blocked the Cowboys from finding theirs all at once.
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