The Philadelphia Eagles land a future offensive line piece.
I want to believe David Ojabo will slip to 15, but I just don’t see that happening. At the same time, this draft is loaded with talent in the middle of the first round which is perfect with the Eagles owning three first-round picks right in the heart of the draft.
Tyler Linderbaum is far from being a consolation prize. For an Eagles team that just lost Brandon Brooks and could lose Jason Kelce to retirement in any given offseason, it wouldn’t hurt to add the Iowa lineman. The investment in Landon Dickerson, who was likely a first-round talent, is already paying off.
Linderbaum is scary when he gets into space. He is one of the more mobile and agile interior offensive linemen you’ll find.
For an Eagles team that likes to run the ball a lot and vary their concepts, that is exactly the type of guy they need at center in the future if Jason Kelce retires at some point. Linderbaum played all of his games at the center position during his time with the Hawkeyes, but who knows? Maybe he could slide to right guard.
He’s someone who can get to the second level or flip his hips while moving laterally to seal blocks and create lanes for running backs.
The size (six-foot-three, 290-pounds) is one of the knocks on him as well as some minor issues in pass protection. There are still plenty of positives in pass pro, especially his hands and ability to recover. As far as the size, Eagles fans all remember that Kelce was told the same thing heading into the 2011 draft. Pairing Linderbaum with Jeff Stoutland would be an absolute home run pick.