What a difference a year makes. In 2020, the loss of any offensive lineman to injury felt like a tragedy. There simply weren’t enough guys to shuffle. Heading into the next offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have said goodbye to one of the best players they’ve had over the past half-decade, and it feels like they’re in a position to reload instead of having to rebuild.
Despite Brandon Brooks‘ retirement, the Eagles are satisfied with their O-line’s interior. Isaac Seumalo and Landon Dickerson can both play center, but they may not have to if Jason Kelce runs it back for one more season.
Jack Driscoll has found his way to the team’s injured reserve in each of the past two seasons. That’s concerning, but the Birds have Kayode Awosika and Sua Opeta in the fold. Nate Herbig could leave in free agency, but you never know.
There can never be too many great linemen on any NFL team’s roster, so if Philly utilizes a draft pick on one, you shouldn’t be surprised.
Here’s how the Eagles’ top 25 center/guard prospects stack up post-NFL Combine.
There’s a huge segment of the Eagles fan base that’s crossing its fingers and hoping Tyler Linderbaum falls to 15. If that happens, Philadelphia could land the draft’s best interior lineman for the second year in a row.
We’ll see if that’s how things play out. It’s doubtful, but just in case, we’ll place his name close to the top of our list anyway along with 24 other guys.
- Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M Aggies
- Tyler Linderbaum, center, Iowa Hawkeyes
- Zion Johnson, guard, Boston College Eagles
- Ed Ingram, guard, LSU Tigers
- Jamaree Salyer, guard, Georgia Bulldogs
- Luke Goedeke, guard, Central Michigan Chippewas
- Marquis Hayes, guard, Oklahoma Sooners
- Chasen Hines, guard, LSU Tigers
- Justin Shaffer, guard, Georgia Bulldogs
- Dylan Parham, center/guard, Memphis Tigers
- Logan Bruss, guard, Wisconsin Badgers
- Thayer Munford, guard, Ohio State Buckeyes
- Tyrese Robinson, guard, Oklahoma Sooners
- Luke Fortner, center/guard, Kentucky Wildcats
- Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Spencer Burford, guard/tackle, Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
- Lecitus Smith, guard, Virginia Tech Hokies
- Cole Strange, guard, Chattanooga Mocs
- Zach Tom, guard/tackle, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Xavier Newman-Johnson, guard, Baylor Bears
- Aaron Frost, guard/offensive tackle, Nevada Wolf Pack
- Josh Rivas, guard, Kansas State Wildcats
- Alec Lindstrom, C, Boston College Eagles
- Ben Brown, guard, Ole Miss Rebels
- Derek Kerstetter, guard, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Here are two names you’ll want to remember as well: Dawson Deaton, a center out of Texas Tech and Marcus McKethan, a guard from North Carolina. They just missed the top 25 but sit right outside of it. Deaton was relatively solid for the Red Raiders, but he wasn’t overly impressive.
Former Tar Heels standout McKethan could rise. He needs a strong Pro Day and figures to be a right guard fit in the NFL.