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NFL Draft: Interior offensive line would be a luxury for the Eagles

Closer look at the prospects.

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A huge part of the Eagles offensive explosion this year was the stellar play by the interior offensive lineman. Brandon Brooks turned in a pro-bowl season and was among the best guards in the league. Stefen Wisniewski played very good football, especial in the playoffs. Jason Kelce returned to form as one of the best centers in the league, actually earning recognition from Pro Football Focus as this year’s overall best offensive lineman.

So, the Eagles might have one of the stronger offensive line groups in the league. For depth, Chance Warmack and Isaac Seumalo both have lots of experience starting. While neither are great depth players, they are both still relatively young and have shown bright spots in their careers to give confidence as back ups.

This draft has a solid collection of interior offensive linemen; including an elite player in Quenton Nelson and another outstanding prospect in Will Hernandez. However, if the Eagles were to address the center position or either guard, they would do so much later in the draft. Here are some late round guys who could add really nice depth to the team:

  • Taylor Hearn, Clemson: With 29 starts in his career; Hearn was one of the most experienced players on the Clemson line last year. At 6’5” and 330 pounds, Hearn has monumental size for the guard position and plays with every ounce of it. He is a tough, grinding offensive lineman who likes to bully around defenders. While he is far from a top shelf athlete; teams will like his experience, strength and attitude.
  • Salesi Uhatafe, Utah: After redshirting his first year at Utah; Salesi Uhatafe went on to start 38 games over the course of his college career. The 6’4”, 295 pound guard has great arm length and plays very strong football. However, his athletic ability could drop him down in the draft. Regardless, he remains intriguing given his physical build and tape as a effective run blocker.
  • Coleman Shelton, Washington: Coleman shelton has played every position on the offensive line but thrives at center. The 6’4”, 295 pound lineman has three years of starting experience and versatility that teams will love from depth players. He is an impressive athlete at the center positions that wins with great feet, high football IQ and needed toughness for the position. Shelton lacks the functional strength to be viewed as an immediate starter as a prospect, but he could be a nice project pick for teams able to develop offensive line talent.
  • Brian Allen, Michigan State: Brian Allen is, athletically, the inverse of Coleman Shelton. He lacks elite size at 6’1” and 300 pounds and is not a great mover but makes up for it with immense strength and grit. Allen plays through the whistle on every play and his short build gives him a leverage advantage over lots of defensive lineman. Brother of NFL player, Jack Allen, Brian should have what it takes to make a team as a late round pick or priority free agent.

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