Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft prospects: Defensive tackle Adam McLean

Adam McLean (Imagn Images photo pool)
Adam McLean (Imagn Images photo pool) /

The Philadelphia Eagles need to add pass-rushing depth.

The 2021 NFL Draft is the focus for the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles now, and all of the talk surrounding their first-round selection centers on wide receivers and cornerbacks. While discussing both of those positions are sore subjects, the holes on the current roster are everywhere.

With that in mind, we at ITI have been searching for prospects that could come in and potentially help this battered Philadelphia Eagles roster. This time around we set our attention on Maryland Terrapin defensive lineman Adam McLean. The six-foot-two and 318-pound beast is an athletic freak with great feet and a nasty playing style.

What Adam Mclean can add to the Philadelphia Eagles defense.

While the Eagles’ strength has been the defensive line, one led by All-Pro Fletcher Cox and Pro-Bowler Brandon Graham, they need to get younger and continue to look towards the future. Adam McLean’s stats won’t blow you away, but he’s fully capable of blowing up a run play or making life uncomfortable for the opposing quarterback.

A big-bodied prospect, McLean’s skill set stands out on film. He has the size to plug the middle of the line while also containing the speed to come off the edge, set it, and wreck plays. He plays with a nasty intention and has violent hands when contacting the offensive line. His best traits are his mindset and football IQ. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and he never takes the bait on trick plays.

A quick quote from the former Terrapin that Philadelphia Eagles fans will love.

I sat with Adam McLean and asked him his thoughts on being overlooked, what he feels he could bring to the Philadelphia Eagles roster or any other NFL team for that matter. Here’s what he had to say:

"As far as being on the Philadelphia Eagles or any team really I feel that I bring real passion to my team and my game. I am a hard worker who is always in the playbook, always studying my opponents. Week-in and week-out, I am doing all I can from the mental side to be a success in the live game. I am a team guy, first and foremost, on the field and in the locker room and I know I blend well with any type of guy. I know I am a guy that my team can lean on and come to with any type of issue or if they just want to talk football. I am a leader and a guy that takes his job seriously. Watch the film and you will see what I can do on the field, you will see me being stout on the run, and a terror in the passing game. I just need an opportunity."

While you could argue that the wideout or cornerback position represents the biggest issue on the Eagles roster, the need to add depth and young talent across the board should be high on their list of needs. That includes talent along the defensive line.

Related Story. NFL Draft profiles: DE Tarron Jackson. light

Adding a guy like Adam McLean would give the Eagles a young talented prospect that can shut down the run and hurt other teams in the passing game. More importantly, he’s a young talent that can develop into a tone-setter and a possible playmaker for years to come.