2. Simply put, why wouldn’t these young Philadelphia Eagles tackle prospects have the edge with years upon years of experience?
Experience can make all the world of difference in any walk of life, and that’s the case whether we’re discussing football or any other job. Yes, there are decided levels of difficulty when one transitions from youth football to junior high, and from high school to college, and from the collegiate level to the NFL, but make no mistake. That experience all adds up to why these guys have been able to ease into successful NFL careers.
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Believe it or not, one of the hardest people to replace on this 2020 Eagles roster is going to be Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Swing tackles that can play on both the right and left side of the offensive line’s formation are hard to find.
We saw what happened when a first-rounder, Andre Dillard, tried to move to the other side and play right tackle. In short, the results were disastrous but get this. He was seen as the second-best tackle in 2019’s draft class. If he couldn’t get the physical and mental aspect of everything down, imagine how hard it must be. Imagine how hard it must be for someone learning to play the game to get all of the necessary information and physical intricacies down.
For the sake of Philly’s offensive line depth, the reserves are going to need to be cross-trained. They’ll need to be versatile, and while we haven’t even determined that Mailata can play tackle, we have learned that one of Philly’s rookies, Jack Driscoll, might be among Philly’s best reserves. Not only is he a two-year starter in the SEC. He’s already won the respect of his coaches and teammates.