Philadelphia Eagles draft: Ranking 3 potential surprise picks at 12

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2. player. 847. . . . Christian Darrisaw, OT, Va Tech

Rumor has it that the Philadelphia Eagles may address their offensive line at 12.

It’s never deemed sexy to go with an offensive lineman with a first-round selection. Fans generally want that sizzle. They want to see quarterbacks and wide receivers and some of the exciting guys that play on defense walk out onto the stage and high-five the commissioner.

Nothing says value like an offensive lineman that can shore up a spot on his team’s front and be a contributor for ten years or so. There was nothing wrong with the Eagles taking Andre Dillard when they did. He was seen by many as being the second-best tackle prospect in that year’s selection meeting. Unfortunately, we just don’t know if things will pan out that way for him.

Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw is a name that has been mentioned in conjunction with the Eagles rather frequently. When they were picking sixth, CBS Sports actually had the Birds taking the six-foot-five, 311-pound standout as their selection. USA TODAY listed him as one of their five players to watch after Philly moved back to 12.

His stock is on the rise as is that of current Eagle Jordan Mailata, but Mailata isn’t polished yet. If the Birds want to continue to groom him but make him a depth option and if they aren’t quite sold on Andre Dillard, Darrisaw is the name that you might hear called when the Eagles are on the clock at 12.