Where Does the Eagles Offensive Line Rank Entering the 2020 Season?
The Eagles routinely have one of the top offensive lines in football.
Its an area that Andy Reid focused on, Chip Kelly had a solid line, and Doug Pederson's lines have been some of the best in football during his tenure.
Last year according to website PFF the Eagles had the top offensive line in football, but will be having second-year pro Andre Dillard replacing Jason Peters and a new right guard, replacing all-pro Brandon Brooks.
PFF likes Dillard replacing Peters, ranking him as one of the best pass-blocking tackles coming out of college.
The Eagles anticipated the Peters move by drafting Andre Dillard in the first round in 2019, and he’s locked in as the starter after grading out at 59.7 on 337 snaps as a rookie. For perspective, Peters allowed just 25 pressures on 602 pass-blocking attempts, while Dillard allowed 25 on 183 attempts — so it could be an adjustment for Philadelphia. The good news is Dillard’s track record at Washington State, where his pass-blocking grade on true pass sets is the fifth-best we’ve seen from any college player moving to the NFL.
The other spot that needs to be replaced is right guard, where Matt Pryor is the favorite to land that spot on the line, with rookie Jack Driscoll in the mix.
Replacing Brooks at right guard will be a big task, as he’s among the top two or three guards in the league. 2018 sixth-round pick Matt Pryor will be in the mix in addition to rookie fourth-rounder Jack Driscoll. Pryor graded out at 60.9 on 143 snaps as a rookie, while Driscoll was one of our favorite developmental tackle options in the draft — though he’s a much better pass protector than run blocker.
The incumbents, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce and Issac Seumalo, give the Eagles three solid players, with Kelce and Johnson among the best in the league at their respective positions.
At right tackle, Lane Johnson finished with an 88.8 overall grade last season, good for fourth in the league. He’s one of the NFL's best run-blocking tackles, and his 87.6 overall grade ranks fourth at the position since 2017. Center Jason Kelce is the class of the position, leading the way with a 92.8 grade over the past three years. Kelce does his best work in the run game, where his athleticism allows him to execute a wide array of blocks. Plus, he is also one of the better pass protectors in the league.
As for Semalo, he took a step forward in 2019, but pass protection is still an issue for the left guard.
At left guard, Isaac Seumalo took a step forward in his development last season, posting a career-high 70.6 overall grade. He did allow 42 pressures, the fourth-most among guards — but that was on 763 pass-blocking snaps, the second-most in the league including the playoffs.
So where does this place the Eagles overall entering 2020? PFF ranks the Eagles 10th entering the 2020 season with the two new faces.
The Eagles should be strong again up front, but with Peters and Brooks out of the equation, it will be difficult to achieve another top-five ranking.