Howard comes to mind when considering how much time Philadelphia has invested in him so far. The team brought the Alabama State product in for one of their first pre-draft visits. Stoutland was the coach that put Howard through his workouts during his Pro Day as well.
Howard transitioned from quarterback out of high school, to walk-on tight end for the Hornets, before ultimately bulking up and playing left tackle. The 6’5, 322 pounds, offensive tackle shined his lone season as a starter in 2018 when he only surrendered one sack, four quarterback hits, and hurries on 356 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
The left tackle would come to Philadelphia as an unfinished product. Selecting Howard would allow the Eagles to wait until the second-round to find Peters’ heir. With Stoutland getting his hands on Howard to go along with the pass-blocking ability he possesses, the future at left tackle could be in good hands.
"What Thor says: “Howard still has a developmental hill to climb. When he gets jolted by power, he typically doesn’t recover in time. But there’s a lot to work with here. Once the sure thing tackles are off the board, Howard sits atop the lottery ticket tier.”"
Keeping Wentz healthy is the key component to the Eagles future success. What the organization has to ask themselves is simple — can they trust an unknown in Pryor to play a stretch of the season with their star quarterback returning from injury, and are they in good hands once again if Peters can’t play.
The talent along the offensive line will play a considerable factor in accomplishing the goals Philadelphia has this upcoming season. The end of Peters’ era is near, but the Eagles seem content on beginning preparations for the inevitable departure. The 2019 NFL Draft could be the answer on the team’s plan moving forward.