The Philadelphia Eagles first two options feature an in-house talent and someone who just played in a Super Bowl.
What should be happening right now is this. The Eagles and their fans should be talking about how well this team has drafted and which of their young players is ready to step into the role vacated by the now-injured Brooks. Instead, vice president and general manager Howie Roseman is probably on the phone looking for yet another free agent to bring in. This team has to draft better.
There are some options on the current roster to fill Brooks’ cleats. There’s Sua Opeta who has been with this team since 2019. There’s also the newly-drafted Jack Driscoll who NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares to Daniel Brunskill. Zierlein also said in his draft profile of Driscoll that the young man could serve as a guard if he beefs up and gets some good coaching.
There’s also Nate Herbig, who outside of Matt Pryor may be the best suited to take on this responsibility. He’s seen two games of action in his tenure with Philly.
Mike Person is, by no means, a long-term solution. He’s a better pass protector than a run blocker, but he’s also coming off of a down year. He didn’t look great in the most-recent Super Bowl. He’s also 32 years old, which means regression might be coming soon.
Here’s what must be noted about Person though. Right now, he’s better Josh Kline who’s seen 92 games with 77 starts in his career. He’s also got to be ranked ahead of guys like Parker Ehinger and Earl Watford, two of the two better guards that are still available from a free-agency standpoint.