With there being talk that the Philadelphia Eagles may be giving serious consideration to taking an offensive tackle in the 2019 NFL Draft, we take a look at the ten best prospects.
The rules of the current pro football are simple. You get yourself a franchise quarterback. You get guys on your team who can harass the opposing quarterback and bring him down. Then, to protect your own investment at offensive signal caller, you put five big guys in front of him to protect him. Every NFL team knows this. Every Philadelphia Eagles fan and fan of every other team knows this. The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us, and the subject is taking center stage again.
The offensive line is big business in the NFL. Every year, we’re seeing teams invest more money into guys who can clear holes in the running game and keep their quarterback upright in the passing game.
The left tackle is truly important. They get the big salaries now because they’re worth can’t be questioned. With a league full of right-handed quarterbacks, teams are spending top dollar on guys who will protect the QB’s blindside.
Look no further than Jason Peters. According to Spotrac, the man that may be Philly’s next Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee is scheduled to make $8.6 million in 2019, but we don’t keep talking about his age for no reason.
These days, Peters struggles to stay healthy, and on January 22nd, he turns 38 years old. Lane Johnson is on the other side. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is Philly’s best reserve tackle. The Eagles may want to invest a pick in either adding some depth to the tackle position or finding Peters’ replacement or both.
It would be wise to find some insurance just in case Jordan Mailata, who never played American football before a year ago, doesn’t work out. Here are the best prospects available.