Don’t Rule Out Tyler Orlosky Starting at Center in 2017
Back in 2011, the Eagles drafted Jason Kelce out of the University of Cincinnati.
The undersized center was won a training camp battle with incumbent Jamal Jackson, who went undrafted, and as been the Eagles starting center ever since, starting all 16 games as a rookie.
He was the right fit for Howard Mudd's new offensive line, which valued smaller, quicker, more athletic lineman over bigger, stronger guys.
It looks like history could repeat itself.
Keep an eye on undrafted rookie free agent center, Tyler Orlosky from West Virginia, who was the No. 3 overall ranked center by Draftcountdown.com and had a mid-round grade from the web site.
"He's a great player," West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen said on the Sports Bash. He could have been a high draft pick."
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Orlosky has everything you are looking for from someone in the middle of the offensive line, he has tremendous technique and good old-fashioned toughness to go along with the ability to make all the line calls and has more size than Kelce does.
Orlosky was a team captain and a three-year starter at WVU at center and was a first-team all conference Big 12 player as a senior after earning second-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior.
Perhaps the Eagles’ can uncover another diamond in the rough like they did with undrafted guys like Jackson, and Hank Fraley, with Orlosky, just like they did when they found Kelce in the sixth round six years ago.