It shouldn’t come as a surprise that even with two newly-extended linemen (Jason Peters and Jason Kelce), the best left guard in the game (Evan Mathis) and a promising rookie (Lane Johnson), the Eagles would still consider drafting an offensive lineman in the first round. It’s all part of their “best player available” mantra, and Howie Roseman echoed this last week following the new deals for both Peters and Kelce.
Take that for what it’s worth. But Personally, I think only one player on the line should be looking over his shoulder right now, and that’s Todd Herremans. He’s not a bad run blocker, but he struggles in the pass protection. Although he’s not the only guy on the line over 30, he’s the only one of that specific group who isn’t playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Herremans’ cap hit of $4.2 million is the least it will be for the duration of his contract, which extends until 2016. His play down the stretch last year is what probably saved him from being a cap causality this offseason, so he should be starting yet again in a few months. Regardless, I do expect the Eagles to draft an offensive lineman (or two, specifically interior guys) at some point in May’s draft. Howie Roseman is going to have to start planning for the post-Herremans/Mathis era at some point.
So who could interest the Eagles early? Here are the top ten interior linemen in this year’s draft.
1. Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
2. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
3. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
4. Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
5. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
6. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
7. Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
8. Marcus Martin, C, USC
9. Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama
10. Bryan Stork, C, FSU
As always, be sure to head over to our home page for some in-depth analysis on each player listed above.