Eagles Add Versatile Offensive Lineman in Round Two
After the Eagles traded up two spots from the 12th to the 10th pick in round one, acquiring Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, the team looked to the offensive line. Landon Dickerson, a three-position player, from the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, was Philadelphia’s pick with the 37th selection in the 2021 draft.
"My role is whatever Coach thinks," Dickerson explained. "Whatever position I need to be in to make the team better, that is the position I'm going to serve no matter where it is on the offensive line, where it is on the depth chart or anything."
Dickerson is a massive offensive lineman at 6-foot-6, 325-pounds, who suffered two ACL tears and ankle issues throughout his college career, which began at Florida State and ended at Alabama.
The five-year player had four of his seasons ended because of injury, but should be ready by the start of training camp.
"Timetable for me, I'm just taking it day by day right now," Dickerson said via a zoom call on Friday night. "Looking to get back as soon as I can and work on competing and doing whatever I can to make this team better."
Dickerson started as a true freshman for the Seminoles and won the prestigious Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's best center. while being named a first-team All-American in 2020.
With the draft pick, Dickerson adds more depth to the Eagles offensive line that had 13 different line combinations in 2020.
The team is hoping the return of Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson helps to stabalize the right side of the line. Andrfe Dillard and Jordan Mailata will battle at left tackle and Isaac Seumalo and Jason Kelce return to their starting roles. Jack Driscol and Nate Herbig got valuable playing time in 2020 and provide depth.
"I'm going to give everything I got to the city of Philly and my team and I'm going to work every day," Dickerson stated. " That is my goal."
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