After the initial panic I felt losing the best LT in the game dimmed, I looked into Howard Mudd's past in Indy for clues as to what the Eagles might do to replace him in 2012. I have come to the conclusion they will not trade up for a LT, indeed won't draft one in the 1st round, because given his history I think Mudd can turn Mathis into the LT and will likely take that option.
I focused on Mudd'shistory in Indy at both tackle positions. The following trends showed themselves:
- Mudd likes guys at least 6'3"
- Mudd likes guys over 300, and his best players were 330
- Mudd only drafted 1 T in the 1st round, Tony Ugoh, who can only be called a bust
- Ryan Diem and Charlie Johnson, Mudd'sother two replacements for retiring players, had bothbeen signed as guards and both played as guards under Mudd for a season or two before conversion. Both were late round signees.
Based on this past, and looking at Mathis' excellent season and size (6'5", 302), I think Muddcan and should convert him to LT this year, and replace him with a 3rd or 4th round draft pick. When you consider that Peters probably will be back 100% next year, it makes even less sense to even draft a LT in round 1, much less trade up for one. Throw in the fact that his uncle Bob Baumhower makes some killer wings to entice Reid to sweeten Mathis' position, I think it's a slam dunk.