The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jack Driscoll with pick No. 145 in the 2020 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about him, I reached out to SB Nation’s Auburn blog: College and Magnolia. Tigers writer AUNerd was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) Can you recap his college career?
Driscoll was a 2* prospect out of a small town in Connecticut. He actually started out working at TE for UMass because he was under 250 lbs his redshirt year. But he bulked up and started 8 games as a redshirt freshman at LG and LT before moving to RT full time as a sophomore. He graduated in 3 years but didn’t get accepted into the MBA program at UMass so decided to go looking for opportunities elsewhere that would give him a chance to prepare for the NFL. When he signed with Auburn, he had to beat out a former top 200 player in redshirt freshman Austin Troxell but won the job that spring and started at RT for the next 2 seasons at Auburn.
2) What are his strengths?
At times over the past 2 years, you forget that Driscoll was out there. I mean that in a good way. He’s not giving up brutal sacks or getting called for dumb penalties. He executes his assignments at a high level and wins with great technique. Auburn’s former OL coach raved about the fact you never had to tell him something twice. He’s also a very good athlete as seen by the fact he was playing some WR as a senior in high school and started his career at tight end. While not a mauler by any means, he is effective at displacing defenders in the run game. Overall, he’s someone that’s maybe not elite at any one thing but very good at most.
3) What are his weaknesses?
The biggest is going to be his lack of size and power. He doesn’t have that long reach you want from your OT and he’s not going to blow dudes off the ball. That’s why it really wouldn’t surprise me if he got some looks at guard. That might be where his future is at the next level.
4) Are you surprised where he was drafted? Higher or lower than expected? Just right?
I wasn’t as surprised he went in the 4th (though I thought he would go later than that) but was VERY surprised he was drafted before Prince Tega Wanogho. That’s not a knock on Jack. He’s been outstanding for Auburn these past 2 seasons. It’s just Tega was a guy getting late 2nd, early 3rd round buzz in the build up to the draft. I think though 4th/5th is about where he belonged in my complete amatuer opinion.
5) How do you see his NFL career playing out? Which position is he best suited to play?
It would not shock me at all if Driscoll ended up having a 10 year career in the NFL. I don’t think he’s ever going to be an All-Pro type of guy but his versatility makes him very likely to make the 53 man roster because he can help at a lot of different spots. I don’t know the Eagles roster all that well but I would suspect he gets a shot first at RT but if ya’ll need interior help, I could see him sliding inside some too. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if long term he ends up being a guard just due to the fact he lacks some of the length, size and strength as previously mentioned NFL teams typically desire in their tackles.
6) Anything to know about him off the field?
From all accounts he’s a great teammate and a smart kid. He graduated from Auburn with his MBA so I have little doubt he’s going to be successful in life whether on or off the field.
BLG’s take: It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles utilize Driscoll. If Jason Peters is re-signed, Driscoll could be the top backup behind Lane Johnson at right tackle while Andre Dillard is the guy on the left side. Or maybe Driscoll pushes Matt Pryor for a job as the top backup guard. That Driscoll was training as a center leading up to this year’s draft is worth noting with Jason Kelce potentially retiring after this season. Maybe he’s an eventual answer at center. The Eagles will have to find the right spot for him.
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