Pryor is a massive 6-7, 338 pound prospect who has both experience playing multiple positions. He played eight games at right guard and six at right tackle in 2017. He was a full-time guard in 2016.
The Eagles needed tackle depth considering Jason Peters turned 35 years old in January and is coming off an ACL injury. Not to mention Lane Johnson is also one suspension away from being out for two years.
Pryor isn’t bound to make an immediate impact but he gives the Eagles a developmental prospect for offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to work with. Assuming he even makes the team.
There’s something about the Eagles and TCU offensive linemen, huh. Swing tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai went to TCU before being picked by Philadelphia in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Here’s a scouting report on Pryor from NFL.com:
Overview: Pryor is great big, long-armed blocker who falls in the category of prospect rather than project. His size and length traits along with his ability to play guard or tackle will offer immediate appeal as a potential third-day selection. He’s better suited as a drive blocker who is allowed to work inside a smaller radius, but he’s not a bad athlete in general. Pryor has dropped about twenty pounds since the end of the year which could help his case for staying at right tackle, but he’s more than capable of playing guard if needed.
Sources Tell Us: “Talented but he’s got the reputation for being a little bit lazy. If you knew he would keep his weight down and take the preparation seriously, I think you would have a pretty good player. You just don’t know if he has that kind of football character.” - NFC regional scout
Draft Projection: Round 5-6
NFL Comparison: Jermaine Eluemunor
Remaining Eagles draft picks
2nd - No. 49 - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
4th - No. 125 - Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh
4th - No. 130 - Josh Sweat, DE, Florida STate
6th - No. 206 - Matt Pryor, OT, TCU
7th - No. 250
Eagles top remaining needs
2018 NFL Draft schedule
- Day 1: Round 1 – 10 minutes
- Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
- Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
(Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)
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