A little over a year ago, on April 25th to be exact, the Philadelphia Eagles, who had apparently been watching a ton of Auburn football in 2019 took both of the Tigers’ starting tackles from that season during the third day of the NFL Draft. Their names were Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho.
Their stories alone are reason enough to cheer for them. Their talent is reason enough not to give up on both of them, even seeing as how one of them no longer plays here.
Once upon a time, Tega Wanogho’s mother put him on a plane with 20 dollars with the hope that he’d become the next LeBron James. While attending Edgewood Academy in Elmore, Alabama, one of the football coaches saw him and asked him to join the football team. The rest as they say, though recent, is history.
Wanogho became a four-star recruit that committed to Auburn, passing up on offers from the likes of Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Texas, and Ohio State. He’s now on the Kansas City Chiefs roster. The Birds held on to Driscoll though, and when it’s all said and done, that may prove to be one of the smartest things this franchise has done in a long time.
Philadelphia Eagles fans shouldn’t forget about Jack Driscoll in 2021.
Since his arrival in the City of Brotherly Love, the reviews Driscoll has gotten have been tremendous. During training camp, he shined versus the best talent the Birds could throw at him on defense. Every day, he lined up versus Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, and Derek Barnett, and even though B.G. screwed up his name the first time he was asked about him, he couldn’t stop smiling when talking about the young man’s potential.
Driscoll possesses a lot of versatility as he can play both tackle and slide inside to play guard if need be, which is a quality that isn’t as common at the professional level as you might think. He also appeared in 11 games with four starts, proving that he could get the job done when called upon.
Look for him to continue to grow as he gets more familiar with this offense as he’ll eventually take over for some of the older guard if need be. In the meantime, if you’re somewhere piecing together a 53-man depth chart, make sure Driscoll’s name is on it.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ starters are set with the exception of the left tackle position where Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard are set to battle for the starting role. Driscoll and the second-place finisher in that one figure to be the next men up if anything unfortunate was to happen. Both need to be a part of this team’s long-term goals going forward.