Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 8 Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles- OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)

This is the player and position in particular I have wanted during the entire pre-draft process for the Eagles.  Regardless of what the numbers may say, the Eagles offensive line was terrible last season and needed to be addressed this offseason in a big way.  Howie Roseman took care of the first step by signing free agent guard Brandon Brooks from the Texans to likely slot in as the right guard next to Lane Johnson.  The past couple drafts the Eagles have failed miserably by not even selecting one offensive linemen rounds 1 through 7.  I expect that to be much different in 2016 based on the comments by Doug Pederson valuing versatility in his offensive line.  Stanley is considered to be the best and most reliable offensive linemen in this year’s class.  He played both tackle spots during his time in South Bend which supports the versatility comment by Pederson.  Stanley stands at 6’6 and uses his long arms well along with a quick punch and hands according to most scouts.  He is not well-known for his raw power, but more so for his flexibility and athleticism to react to pass rushing moves.  Scouts have commented Stanley’s power needs to improve so he can handle more bull rush looks in the NFL.  The best thing about Stanley is he would be a starter from the first day of camp and another first round pick wouldn’t be standing on the sidelines like in years past for this team.  I expect Jason Peters to return for one more year therefore Stanley would likely lineup at left guard while Peters is healthy.  Cowboys guard Zack Martin also played tackle at Notre Dame and converted to guard his rookie season which should be an easier transition for Stanley. Eagles fans know all too well Peters is a longshot to play 16 games so Stanley would get a crack at right tackle and Lane Johnson would swing over to the left side in place of JP.  I also like the long term prospects for Stanley since as I mentioned Peters is more than likely moving on after the 2016 campaign.  The Eagles would have a pair of solid tackles with Stanley and Johnson for years to come.

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