Eagles Draft Pick Landon Dickerson ‘Going to Give Everything to the City of Philly’
The Philadelphia Eagles used three picks on offense in the NFL Draft, two of which were skill players, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and running back Kenneth Gainwell.
The other offensive player, they added to the line with Alabama center Landon Dickerson.
The 6-foot-6, 333-pound lineman missed time in four of his five collegiate season with ACL and ankle injuries, but said he is ready to put that behind him and make an impact in any way possible for his new team.
"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 said. "That is my goal."
Dickerson has a little connection to the Eagles organization, he already knew Eages offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who spent time at Alabama before Dickerson made his way to Tuscaloosa.
"Talked with Coach Stoutland in the pre-draft process," explained Dickerson. "We had good meetings throughout that. I love Coach Stoutland. He's got an Alabama background. Great dude. I look forward to getting coached by him."
While Dickerson is likely to sit behind likelty starters Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo on the depth chart, the versatile Alabama standout could see himself moving around from center and guard and learning from everyone.
"It's a tremendous opportunity," Dickerson said about learning from the Eagles veterans. "Extremely talented players, extremely experienced, and I'm really looking forward to being able to talk with them and, one, learn what the NFL is going to be like for me and also learn more about offensive line play. I can't tell you how appreciative I am to be able to learn from these guys."
The versatility is something the Eagles could use at both guard spots, which were ravaged by injuries to both Seumalo and Brooks in 2020 and not much backing up Kelce.
"My role is whatever Coach thinks, 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 stated.
Dickerson spent time at both positions in college, and even played some tackle during his college career, but will likely be used in the interior this season.
"We think that he's an inside guy, guard, center, has the ability to play both. That's very valuable when you're able to do both of those things," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni explained.
"And then obviously, too, he's had reps outside at tackle as well. So the versatility of him is really outstanding. We see him inside to start things off, but love his versatility and toughness and his mean streak."
"Just glad he's an Eagle."
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