East DL Jermauria Rasco (59), of LSU, rushes as West OL Terry Poole (79), of San Diego State, blocks during the second quarter at the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field . Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
TERRY POOLE – San Diego State
Fifth Round, Pick no.145
The Eagles made a mistake in the 2014 NFL Draft to wait before drafting an offensive lineman. They won’t do the same this year.
Terry Poole is an offensive tackle from San Diego State university. He played both tackle positions for the Aztecs, but he does not project well as a tackle in the NFL. He will probably have to switch to guard, where he will have an advantage over other guards due to his athleticism and solid run-blocking.
The Eagles had a private workout with Poole. They are looking for linemen that can move in space and block effectively in their zone-blocking scheme and I believe Poole fits that role, at least theoritically. You can look at his measurables in the following spider graph, provided from Mockdraftable.com:
The Eagles have another fifth round pick shortly after and they select…
Missouri Tigers OL Mitch Morse (65) and teammates high five fans after they beat the Florida Gators. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
MITCH MORSE – Missouri
Fifth Round, Pick no.156
Yes, it’s another offensive lineman for the Eagles. The 2014 season proved you can’t have too many of these big guys, as you can never predict how many injuries are going to hit your team.
Mitch Morse is another athletic lineman who played tackle in college but lacks the quickness to keep fast edge rushers away from his quarterback. Much like Poole, Morse will also have to slide to the inside if he wants to make a living as an NFL player.
Morse moves well for a man with his size and shows the fighting spirit you like to see from an offensive lineman. He gets exposed against more athletic opponents when they manage to get to him first, before Morse sets his block. With coaching and experience, Morse can grow into a starter at guard or serve as the “swing” tackle for Philadelphia.
This is Morse’s spider graph from Mockdraftable.com, but you know how it looks like if you have grasped what the Eagles look for in offensive linemen:
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