The Eagles don’t have an immediate need along the offensive line, but there is always value in strengthening the depth of the trenches. The offensive interior definitely requires the most attention on the line and luckily for Philly there are a few talented blockers in the 2020 NFL Draft who could play center or either guard position.
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10. Damien Lewis, LSU
Damien Lewis was a crucial part of the LSU championship team. He was one of college football’s most dominant and effective run blockers last year. He has a stout build at 6’2” and nearly 330 pounds, but he carries the weight well. Lewis has great strength and anchor, but his lack of quickness and arm length can make him slightly vulnerable as a pass blocker.
Pro Comparison: Ronald Leary
9. Jake Hanson, Oregon
It’s always a good sign when a blocker has a lot of experience and Jake Hanson’s four years of starting certainly inspires confidence. Hanson is not spectacular in any way, but he has a complete game and excellent technical proficiency. Hanson’s ceiling may be low, but he could be a plug and play center who will provide dependability but never dominance.
Pro Comparison: Pat Eflein
8. Logan Stenburg, Kentucky
Stenburg also brings quite a bit of experience with three years of being a starting guard in the SEC. What Stenburg also brings is some highlight reel worthy tenacity as a blocker. He is a chippy, smart player who is dependable both as a pass and run blocker. He has a unique build at 6’6”, but with short arms. This could pose as a bit of a problem given his large strike zone for defenders to get into. If his consistency holds in the pros however, he could be a nice guard or center for a team.
Pro Comparison: Ethan Pocic
7. Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
If being lauded off the field as a leader wasn’t enough, Lloyd Cushenberry was awesome on it as well. The center has prototypical size for the position and overwhelming strength that would often erase defenders altogether when he got his mits on him. Cushenberry is a smart, technically sound blocker whose only issues are athletic limitations.
Pro Comparison: Gabe Jackson
6. Nick Harris, Washington
Nick Harris might lose value in some eyes for being a center-only prospect. At 6’1”, 305 pounds, it is hard to see him anywhere else. However, Harris being pigeonholed shouldn’t mean much if he is a damn good center, which he is. Harris is a smart, quick footed blocker who does a great job in space and against athletic interior defenders. How he deals with strength will be a big question and he will need to pack on some bulk in the NFL, but it’s hard not to love Harris’ blend of quickness, football IQ and motor.
Pro Comparison: Joey Hunt
5. Solomon Kindley, Georgia
Solomon Kindley is as big as he is mean. The 340 pound mauler will demolish defenders in the running game and is a tough matchup as a pass blocker. Kindley is not a special athlete, but his size, strength and tenacity will make him a good pro in the right scheme.
Pro Comparison: AJ Cann
4. Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Shane Lemieux got off to a rough start in 2019 with a tough outing against Auburn, but rebounded for a second team All-American season. The senior blocker is a good athlete and his experience shows in his technical consistency; especially in the running game. Lemieux’s pass protection needs to catch up with his run blocking proficiency, but his improvement from year to year at Oregon inspires confidence.
Pro Comparison: Laken Tomlinson
3. Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Cesar Ruiz might be small, but that’s basically where his limitations end. He is a highly athletic, smart and tough player who flashed moments of brilliance as the leader of the Michigan line. Ruiz has experience at center and guard, giving him flexibility as a pro. Consistency in technique is Ruiz’s only big hurdle besides his size and there’s nothing to suggest he cannot achieve that.
Pro Comparison: Ryan Kelly
2. Matt Hennessy, Temple
Matt Hennessy is another highly athletic, tough as nails center prospect. He has a well rounded game and plays with excellent consistency. He is not the biggest, but he plays with a huge chip on his shoulder that shows through every down. Hennessy’s big question for me is if he can just stay healthy given his history of playing through injuries.
Pro Comparison: Corey Linsley
1, Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Something curious about consensus getting down on a player that has been good for so long. Tyler Biadasz has been starting since his redshirt freshman year, playing 41 straight games. Biadasz catalyzed Wisconsin’s excellent rushing attack the last three years with his high football IQ, great motor, and technical consistency. Biadasz is not an elite athlete, but he moves well and is scheme versatile. While he might not be a flashy prospect in this athletic class, Biadasz is an instant impact starter.
Pro Comparison: Cody Whitehair
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