Eagles Should Draft Jack Conklin And Not Ronnie StanleyBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Offensive Line Monday, March 28th, 2016
I know most of the experts have been touting the abilities of Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley as the second-rated offensive tackle in the upcoming draft, but I’m confident that Michigan State’s Jack Conklin fits the Eagles better. I think the Birds should make Conklin their guy with the eighth pick.
Stanley is the more talented of the two tackles with his quick feet, but Conklin is the more physical of the two. The Spartan is a good athlete, but he has a very aggressive attitude.
“You look for guys, who can think on their feet”, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said when talking about the type of offensive linemen he wants. “You want guys that are athletic. You want guys that have that nasty, dirty grit to them. No matter what happens during the course of the game or season, they’re going to take control they’re going to take charge. You look for those types of guys. You can get a little more specific by position, but overall the types of guys you want on your football team. Guys that are versatile. Guys who can play multiple spots. To me you want those dirty guys, those nasty guys. I’m not saying they’re cheap shot guys, but they’re aggressive when they step on the field.”
Conklin is Pederson’s type of offensive lineman. He’s a better drive blocker than Stanley. He’s going to bring some of the same attitude that Jon Runyan brought to the Birds. Runyan was the Birds bruising right offensive tackle, who bought a bully-attitude to the Eagles offensive line for a decade. On the other side, they had the more athletic Tra Thomas, who was able to use his quick feet and athleticism on the league’s best pass rushers.
The Birds already have an athletic offensive tackle in current right tackle Lane Johnson, but he will play the left side when Jason Peters hangs up his pads. They need a bruiser not a dancer for the right side.
Pederson wants to run the football. He wants to play some power football, by running right at the defense. Conklin and his attitude need to be added to the Birds offensive line.
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