Editor’s Note: Staff writer Steve Fini breaks down some of the Eagles’ potential offensive line targets in April’s NFL Draft.
Everybody loves it when the Eagles take an offensive lineman in the first round. Nothing excites the fan base quite like a solid offensive guard (i.e. Danny Watkins). Luckily, the Eagles have assembled a solid line that has no true glaring holes, assuming they retain Evan Mathis. Still, the key to a successful offense is having depth along the line and the Eagles’ current crop of backups are atrocious. I don’t trust any one of them to come in and successfully start a game.
While the team has clear needs at other positions, and is more likely to upgrade the line later in the draft, it’s not totally outside the realm of possibility that they would add depth to the line in the first round. I mean, come on, this is the Eagles we’re talking about here. So without further ado…
OT Michael Adams (Ohio State) - He’s the perfect “let him sit a year or two, learn the position, and then he’ll be ready” type of guy. Adams missed most of his senior season due to suspension. Physically, he’s got it all. He’s big, tall, can run, and is solid in both run and pass blocking. He’s also very athletic, something Howard Mudd loves in his linemen. Keep in mind that Adams dominated heralded North Carolina DE Quinton Coples in the Senior Bowl—this is important because the Eagles have fallen in love with players over the years at this game.
OG David DeCastro (Stanford) – The best pure guard to come out in some time. He’s even drawn comparisons to Steve Hutchinson from some draft experts. The “problem” is the Eagles are set at guard. Evan Mathis was one of the best left guards in football last year, and Danny Watkins appears to be headed in the right direction. If the Eagles can’t get a deal done with Mathis then look for them to target DeCastro.
C Peter Konz (Wisconsin) - If an upgrade is needed along the line, it’s probably at center. Jason Kelce played well at times, but was bullied at others. He’s really undersized and on short yardage plays he could not get the push needed. But he’s a Howard Mudd type player and should improve in year two. Konz is a big Wisconsin road grader and a tireless worker, but doesn’t necessarily fit Mudd’s system. With all things considered, it’s probably a stretch for the Eagles to go in this direction.