It’s no secret that the 2020 NFL season was a complete disaster for the Philadelphia Eagles. What ended in a 4-11-1 record, started with so much promise but slowly faded away week after week.
It was a season mired in the drama between former head coach Doug Pederson and then-quarterback Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia Eagles slowly unraveled as the season went on, and whether you blame the play of the quarterback, questionable playcalling by Pederson, or a roster that left a lot to be desired, we can all agree that 2020 left bad tastes in the mouths of Birds fans.
Then, there was the battered and makeshift offensive line. It seemed like once a week the Birds would suffer another significant injury in the trenches. This would lead to the offense having to roll out a different combination of starters every game.
The Philadelphia Eagles front office has to fix the offensive line ASAP.
With the 2021 NFL Draft upon us, the Philadelphia Eagles need to consider drafting a young prospect to help fix the offensive line. While the front office is in full rebuild mode they must consider building the line upfront if they ever want to compete again.
Second-year signal-caller Jalen Hurts seems primed to begin his era in 2021. He’ll need help from his bodyguards moving forward. In 2020, Carson Wentz was the most sacked quarterback in the National Football League. Now, while that wasn’t totally the fault of the guys up front, the revolving door of players and the injuries that sidelined some of this team’s major pieces didn’t help. Looking for some depth players should be a priority. Here is a shortlist of lineman the Philadelphia Eagles could consider at six.
- OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
- OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
- OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
- OL Landon Dickerson, Alabama
- OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Any of those guys could shine if Jeff Stoutland got his hands on them.
This may not be a popular move for Philadelphia Eagles fans, but it’s necessary.
While fans have their minds on prospects who play sexier positions, the 2021 NFL Draft is stacked with a potential franchise-changing offensive lineman. Landing one in the first round, more than likely, would probably be met with some immediate jeering.
Here’s the good news though. All of that could turn into a few giant grins as the season rolls on. If this franchise wants to build a great team, it has to be done from the inside, and then this team must work its way to the outside. In other words, fix the offensive line before doing anything else.