Philadelphia Eagles land a potential heir to Jason Kelce’s throne

Landon Dickerson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Landon Dickerson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

If you don’t know anything about the Philadelphia Eagles, here’s a lot of what you need to know about Jason Kelce. Once upon a time, the Birds scooped an undersized center from the University of Cincinnati. We can officially state that worked out pretty well for them.

He’s been to four Pro Bowls (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020) as well as a three-time NFL First-team All-Pro (2017–2019). He’s the author of the greatest speech in the history of victory parades, and he’s a shoo-in for the Eagles Hall of Fame. There’s also this. Quietly, he’s also constructed a resume that gives him an argument for a bust in Canton, Ohio. The facts are the facts though. He can’t play forever.

The Philadelphia Eagles find some insurance for one of the best Birds ever.

The 37th-overall selection in the NFL Draft came, and Philly must have heard something that the Inside The Iggles staff said earlier in the week leading up to the selection meeting. The Eagles brass, a leadership structure that always seems to ignore some of the best players out of Alabama’s program, has now taken two prospects from The Tide with their first two picks.

At the tenth-overall selection in Round 1, the Birds took the Heisman Trophy winner, DeVonta Smith. With the 37th pick, Philly took the best interior offensive lineman the draft has to offer. Landon Dickerson, a six-foot-six and 308-pound warrior from Bama is added to the nest.

He was having a phenomenal season in 2020 before suffering a season-ending knee injury versus the Florida Gators. He was a Second-team All-SEC nod in 2019. In 2020, he was the winner of the Rimington Trophy and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He was also a First-team All-SEC nod and
Unanimous All-American.

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He probably begins his career as a guard, but once Kelce calls it a career, Philly only needs to slide Dickerson into his place. Just in case you’re keeping score, Howie Roseman and company are two for two in the 2021 NFL Draft. Philly needed help along the offensive line, and they got that help in a major way with this addition. So far, so good in Philly.