After the pick was made, Dillard was near tears during his interview, and it was noted that NFL general managers called him one of the nicest guys in this year’s draft class, but he doesn’t play that way.
“Off the field I just like being someone people like being around, but on the field I like doing my job.”
Dillard looks to be the natural successor to Jason Peters on the left side, keeping Lane Johnson on the right. From his new teammates to people around the league, there were plenty of reactions about the Eagles first round pick.
Alright Andre Dillard!!! Welcome to the family!!!!— Tra Thomas (@72TraThomas) April 26, 2019
And there were more than a few media reactions, including some notes about how Dillard was one of the best pass protectors in this year’s draft:
Thrilled with the Andre Dillard selection, 20th player on my board and I talked about this with @BrandonThornNFL, landing with a guy like Jeff Stoutland with a history of developing players is a great fit.— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) April 26, 2019
Keep your strengths strong at important positions, imo https://t.co/HJmmWEguXz— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 26, 2019
Guess the Eagles aren't hitching their wagon to hopes that Jordan Mailata is the heir apparent to Jason Peters.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) April 26, 2019
Howie being Howie.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 26, 2019
No offensive lineman in this draft put more pass-protection snaps on tape than Andre Dillard, and @PFF_College graded him as the No. 1 pass-protection player in the nation in 2018.
Proved it in a huge sample size.#Eagles
LOVE THE PICK!!! The #FlyEaglesFly select Andre Dillard with the 22nd overall pick after trading up who was our 2nd highest graded OT in the draft and 13th overall prospect! He had an 83.4 overall grade in 2018 and 91.9 (2nd) pass blocking grade allowing 13 total pressures.— PFF PHI Eagles (@PFF_Eagles) April 26, 2019
Andre Dillard is an outstanding LT. I'm surprised he lasted this long. I hadn't really considered him as an option.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) April 26, 2019
That is the fifth first-round trade Howie Roseman has made since becoming GM in 2010. It's the third trade up.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) April 26, 2019
The first two trade-ups were for Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox.
Stanford head coach David Shaw on new Eagles OT Andre Dillard: “I’ve been watching this guy for years, and this was my top tackle in the draft. His redirection on pass protection is uncanny for a guy his size...what you see is an elite pass protector...this is a great pick.” pic.twitter.com/847uYbvSXL— Patrick (@pmc1423) April 26, 2019