It seems like a fairly simple concept. If an NFL franchise wants to see more of its draftees pan out, especially an organization like the Philadelphia Eagles that has seen so many of its prospects fail, it would seem that they’d invest more of their draft capital in the better players from the best conferences.
After making the decision to take Freddie Milons 162nd-overall, during Round 5 of 2002’s NFL Draft, nearly 20 years had elapsed since Philadelphia drafted someone who had cut their teeth in what’s been the NCAA’s premier program for most of that time span, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Bama’s tally sits at six claimed national titles during that time, and they’ve gone to the College Football Playoff seven times. The point is they’ve been pretty good.
Landon Dickerson makes Pro Football Focus’ list of breakout candidates for 2022.
So again, let’s restate. If you’re the Eagles, a team that’s developed a bit of a reputation for making more than their fair share of errors in the selection process, it would seem they’d fish in that pool more often.
In 2021, they tried it. They landed two studs. Go figure right?
They took the first in Round 1 of 2021’s NFL Draft, DeVonta Smith. He set the franchise’s record for receiving yards by a rookie. The second was taken 27 spots later, Landon Dickerson. He was seen as the best interior lineman in the draft (if he could prove that he was healthy). Philly clearly has something. The experts agree, and recently, the stat gurus over at Pro Football Focus gave him some shine.
They recently offered a list of breakout candidates for 2022’s season, naming Landon as one of their players to watch. This one requires a subscription to read, so we won’t share any full quotes here but know this.
After a torn ACL ended his career with The Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, once he worked his way onto the field for the Eagles, he earned the 12th-highest PFF grade for left guards after taking over for an injured Isaac Seumalo.
The sky is the limit here, and a step forward with his pass protection should ensure he’ll continue his ascension towards being one of the game’s best interior linemen. Frankly, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t accomplish everything that is expected of him.