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BGN Draft Special #1!

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It is officially Draft Week! Over the next few days we’ll be ramping up our coverage as the 2019 NFL Draft approaches. That begins on Bleeding Green Nation podcasts by bringing on guests to talk about specific positions of interest to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Today we have Owen Riese of Bucky’s 5th Quarter and Inside the Pylon to break down the top of this interior offensive line class. With so many short-term and long-term questions surrounding those three positions, it’s important to get to know these prospects. The feeling is that if the Eagles do go for trench help, it will be early for an upgrade as opposed to late for depth. Therefore we focused on the top of the class.

The major wildcard in this is NC State center Garrett Bradbury or “Baby Kelce” as Riese dubbed him. It’s about as direct and easy of a comparison you can give. If the Eagles are concerned that Jason Kelce will hang up the cleats after this year after giving it serious consideration in the offseason, could Bradbury be in play? Or does Kelce’s contract extension give them confidence he’s got a couple left in him?

The other spot to watch is left guard, where Isaac Seumalo has a tentative hold on the starting spot which is highlighted by his tentative extension. I was surprised by Seumalo’s development last year and he gave starter quality play, but you have to wonder if he’ll ever be anything past replacement-level.

If they’re looking to upgrade Seumalo, who’s in play? Riese made the case for Oklahoma’s Dru Samia, Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom and Wisconsin’s Michael Deiter being prime candidates. Riese recently evaluated Deiter’s game and followed up by linking him to the Eagles in the second round.

“Deiter, who started 54 career games between left tackle, left guard and center at Wisconsin, provides the versatility the Eagles covet in their offensive linemen. This should be the area where Deiter comes off of the board in the second round. He could likely be a starter at left guard for the Eagles in a year or two when they decide to move on from Isaac Seumalo.” - Owen Riese, Bucky’s 5th Quarter

We analyze those prospects and more on the BGN Draft Special #1! You can listen to it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts? Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN!

If you enjoyed the discussion with Riese, make sure to check out the CheeseheadTV 2019 Pro Football Draft Guide! FLY EAGLES FLY!