Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Let’s start by saying this, Jason Peters is an all-time Eagles great and is still better than at least half of the left tackles in the league right now. However, Father Time is undefeated, and Peters is getting up there in age. Combine that with the injuries he has dealt with the last few seasons and the Eagles would be wise to draft his eventual replacement. Enter, Cody Ford from Oklahoma.
Ford’s measurables are almost identical to Peters and helped pave the way for an offense that averaged nearly 600 yards of total offense a game. Many people are projecting Ford as a guard at the next level, but even if that is the case, the Eagles would have the flexibility to move Isaac Seumalo to center and have Ford and Brandon Brooks anchor down the two guard spots.
Now if the Eagles do draft him and decide to keep him at tackle, Ford would be in a prime position to learn the nuances of the tackle position from two of the best in the game. When healthy, Peters and Lane Johnson form one of, if not the best tackle tandem in the league.
Being able to learn under both of those players would be invaluable, and if Ford has to step in and play, he has the pedigree and skills needed to be successful. Similar to the point about Christian Wilkins, Ford would allow the Eagles versatility along the offensive front and give them depth heading into next season which they would desperately need. Depending on the status of Brooks’ rehab, that depth would come in handy sooner rather than later.