Ranking Eagles top 25 interior OL prospects following NFL Combine

Tyler Linderbaum #OL27, Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Tyler Linderbaum #OL27, Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

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.

  1. Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M Aggies
  2. Tyler Linderbaum, center, Iowa Hawkeyes
  3. Zion Johnson, guard, Boston College Eagles
  4. Ed Ingram, guard, LSU Tigers
  5. Jamaree Salyer, guard, Georgia Bulldogs
  6. Luke Goedeke, guard, Central Michigan Chippewas
  7. Marquis Hayes, guard, Oklahoma Sooners
  8. Chasen Hines, guard, LSU Tigers
  9. Justin Shaffer, guard, Georgia Bulldogs
  10. Dylan Parham, center/guard, Memphis Tigers
  11. Logan Bruss, guard, Wisconsin Badgers
  12. Thayer Munford, guard, Ohio State Buckeyes
  13. Tyrese Robinson, guard, Oklahoma Sooners
  14. Luke Fortner, center/guard, Kentucky Wildcats
  15. Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska Cornhuskers
  16. Spencer Burford, guard/tackle, Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
  17. Lecitus Smith, guard, Virginia Tech Hokies
  18. Cole Strange, guard, Chattanooga Mocs
  19. Zach Tom, guard/tackle, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  20. Xavier Newman-Johnson, guard, Baylor Bears
  21. Aaron Frost, guard/offensive tackle, Nevada Wolf Pack
  22. Josh Rivas, guard, Kansas State Wildcats
  23. Alec Lindstrom, C, Boston College Eagles
  24. Ben Brown, guard, Ole Miss Rebels
  25. Derek Kerstetter, guard, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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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.