With the #79 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo from Oregon State University. The quick takeaway from why Howie Roseman liked Semalo was his “versatility” to play multiple positions.
The Eagles “reached” on Seumalo, I felt he was perfect for 5th round consideration, but Howie had his own opinion. After trading away multiple draft picks to be in a position to take Carson Wentz, there were better offensive lineman I had graded out for 3rd round consideration if the Eagles wanted to add to that position group. Le’Raven Clark (Texas Tech), (Westerman (ASU), Alexander (LSU) McGovern (Missouri) and Tretola (Arkansas) are five prospects I had higher grades for.
Roseman will harp on the toughness of Semalo, his grit and experience to play multiple positions. He’ll speak of the high character, and how he will fit into what the team is trying to build. Seumalo could do very well in the gap scheme based blocking that Pederson will deploy. With signing Stefen Wisniewski; and extending Dennis Kelly I truly believed the Eagles would look more for a development offensive lineman later in the draft.
My issue with what the Eagles did at pick #79 has a lot to do with the “strategy” the Eagles needed to have with only a few picks in the draft. With their next selection at #153 in round 5, they had to be strategic with knowing what position groups would have the “best” remaining talent when they made their first selection in day three of the draft.
The run on cornerbacks, safeties, defensive ends, linebackers and running backs are going to go. The “deepest” position group coming into the draft was publically stated by the experts to be the guys in the trenches.
If Seumalo is unable to win the starting job at left offensive guard, the Eagles will likely have minimum to no contribution from the first two days of the 2016 NFL draft.
This has been a reoccurring theme for the team in the last three drafts. Smith and Huff were practically invisible in 2014. Agholor and Rowe made minimum impact last season.
If the Eagles want to be considered as one of the better teams in the NFL, this trend they have started must come to an end.