There are only 45 days until the 2018 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26. Until then, we’re going to kill some time with our weekly Mock Draft Monday series.
Last week, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had the Eagles taking an offensive tackle at No. 32 overall. This week, Kadar has the Eagles taking an offensive tackle once again. It’s a different player this time around, though.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Maybe the people are right. Nothing elicited more feedback than slotting Brown in the teens in last week’s mock draft. But as bad of a combine as Brown had, he still has plenty of good tape as a blind side protector. While he may drop out of the first round completely, tackles can get overdrafted.
Brown had a TERRIBLE showing at the Combine. Just look at this very sad spider graph:
Brown ran a 5.85 second 40-yard dash. By comparison, 59-year-old NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ran a 5.41 this year.
Athletic testing isn’t everything. There are prospects who don’t perform well at the Combine who go on to become good or even great players. But man, Brown’s performance was historically awful.
Maybe a team feels like they can develop Brown and coach him up. The Eagles would have the luxury of not playing him right away since Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are the 2018 starters with Halapoulivaati Vaitai as the swing tackle. Hard to imagine this is the best use of pick No. 32 for the Eagles, though.
Scouting report via Lance Zierlein:
Sources Tell Us: “He’s really big and he’s really long. In the NFL, big guys with long arms can play a long time so you don’t have to be the most skilled or the most athletic. He would make me nervous to put out there at left tackle without any help.” - Former NFL offensive line coach
NFL Comparison: Max Starks
Bottom Line: Tackle with rare size and length whose massive frame can work for him in pass protection and against him in the run game. Brown will be tough for some evaluators to back because his footwork isn’t always pretty and his athletic ability is below average, but he typically gets guys blocked and he clearly understands how to use his size and length to his advantage. Brown’s physical traits and nasty demeanor give him a chance to become a good starting tackle on either left or right side.
What do you think about this week’s pick?
Should the Eagles draft Orlando Brown at pick No. 32?
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