With the 77th overall pick in the 2016 draft, the Eagles selected Oregon State offensive lineman, Isaac Seumalo....
Seumalo is everything you want in an offensive lineman. He has great size at 6-4, 300 pounds, is an excellent athlete, has experience all over the offensive line and is mean as hell. He has been overlooked throughout this process because Oregon State has been nothing short of abysmal during the time he spent there.
Seumalo had experience playing everywhere, including tackle, and has the athleticism for that versatility to translate to the NFL. He doesn't have long arms, but his excellent quickness allows him to beat defenders to a spot and make the block. He plays with excellent attitude, blocking guys into the ground and through the whistle. This trait fits nicely with the gap blocking philosophy the Eagles are likely to employ most of the time.
Seumalo's biggest issues come with pad level. He can get a bit high out of his stance and expose too much of his body to defenders. This is a bad habit to have as a short armed offensive lineman, but a fixable one.
Overall, Seumalo is a very complete player. However, he has had two foot surgeries, which is a massive red flag for a 300 pounder. If, and it's a big if, he can stay healthy, he has a bright future in the NFL.
While I think Seumalo is going to be a good player, there were better players to be had. I know I sound like a broken record when I say the Eagles need playmakers, but they really need an offensive spark. Ryan Mathews is not dependable and Darren Sproles is 33. A player like Kenneth Dixon, CJ Procise, or Paul Perkins would have been excellent insurance in the running game. Just because the Eagles passed over playmakers doesn't change the fact that Seumalo is a good player, but it is a bit frustrating.
The only spot on the offensive line that is up for grabs is the guard spot opposite of Brandon Brooks, who the Eagles brought in through free agency. The Eagles signed Stefen Wisniewski to compete for a role, but Seumalo can easily challenge Wisniewski for a starting spot. What is important about Seumalo is his versatility gives the Eagles a lot of flexibility with their depth. His experience all over the offensive line can make the Eagles more comfortable with left him slide into any spot in case of an injury.
Overall, I think this is a solid pick by the team. Seumalo's health needs to stay intact and the team passed over some playmakers for him, but that doesn't mean he's not a good player. The Eagles have long needed to upgrade their offensive line and get younger in the trenches. Seumalo absolutely gives them that and maybe even a good starter down the road.