The expectations placed on Andre Dillard and his subsequent tenure with the Eagles make him legendary for the wrong reasons
Live long enough, and life will teach you that things don’t always work out as you think they should. With the 22nd overall selection of the 2019 NFL Draft, Howie Roseman took a flier on a kid from Washington State that we later found out he knew nothing about.
That’s okay though! Even Howie is allowed a mishap here and there.
Now, there are two sides to every story, and in Roseman’s defense, this move made sense at the time. Some saw Andre Dillard as the second-best tackle in the 2019 draft class. Unfortunately, he never proved himself worthy of the amount of confidence that was placed in him.
Andre Dillard arguably entered the NFL with more expectations placed on him than anyone else on this list except for Fletcher Cox. He was supposed to be the heir to Jason Peters. He was the fourth offensive lineman taken in 2019’s selection meeting behind Jonah Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals (11th overall), Chris Lindstrom of the Atlanta Falcons (14th), and Garrett Bradbury of the Minnesota Vikings (14th). He has since been upstaged by a former rugby player/seventh-round selection that never played American football before 2018.
Dillard has reached the end of his rookie deal. It’s doubtful that he’ll be extended. If he’s on the field at any point in this postseason run something has gone wrong. It would have been nice if we could have traded him and found any value, but for now, he’s a cautionary tale.
You don’t always get what you paid for.