Former NFL Player Believes Philadelphia Eagles Must Prioritize Drafting an Offensive Lineman

Published 04/04/2021, 3:37 PM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs with the ball past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia Eagles must rebound from their disappointing run last season. The 2018 Super Bowl champs suffered a horrendous season, with several players underperforming in their roles.

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Carson Wentz was especially poor last year and was traded for his results. But the Eagles need to get an offensive lineman to protect Jalen Hurts, according to a former NFL player.

Former NFL player Jeff Saturday spoke about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ plans for the draft. He believes that an offensive lineman should be their priority going into the draft.

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Saturday noted how important it is for an offensive unit to protect their quarterback. And while skilled players are important, they cannot provide the right protection to the quarterback despite their levels.

Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“Outstanding offensive lineman. The reality of our game is you have to protect your quarterback. I don’t care how good all the finesse guys on the outside call them big skill on the inside.

“Those big skill guys are what allows the quarterback to find the reads, to find that second look.” 

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Saturday added that all the discussions about a quarterback’s skill become irrelevant when they don’t have the right protection. They end up on the floor, where they cannot make any difference to the team’s fortunes.

So the Philadelphia Eagles must pay attention to the draft and make sure they get the right pieces in order to provide Jalen Hurts the protection he needs.

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“We talk about it all the time, can the quarterback get through his progressions? I can tell you when he can’t get through his progressions – when he’s on his back.

“So you better protect this guy. All these guys that you’re talking about, they’re going to protect your investment.” 

Will the Philadelphia Eagles draft an offensive lineman? They dropped down in the draft, sending their 6th pick in the draft for the 12th pick, along with future picks.

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However, they are looking to strengthen other positions that are not considered a priority in the draft this year. If they play their cards right, they can get a solid offensive lineman.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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