time2rock Posted May 4, 2021 Share Posted May 4, 2021 NFL Draft 2021: Why Eagles don’t view Landon Dickerson pick as a similar situation to Sidney Jones disappointment Updated May 01, 2021; Posted May 01, 2021 The Philadelphia Eagles selected Alabama center/guard Landon Dickerson with the 37th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.Crimson Tide Photos / UA Athletics By Mike Kaye | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Every pick in the NFL Draft is a calculated risk. While several months — or sometimes, years — have gone into the evaluation of one prospect, it’s hard to know that any promising projection will work out. When character issues or injury woes get added into those projections, the risk becomes even dicier for a prospect. That’s why there was a bit of an uproar from Eagles fans when the team selected Alabama guard/center Landon Dickerson with the 37th overall pick in the second round on Friday. While Dickerson, by all accounts, is one of the best character players in the draft, he has a laundry list of wear-and-tear on his body at just 22. Dickerson is recovering from his second ACL surgery in five years. He’s also had a history of ankle injuries. His durability — or lack thereof — is a major concern, especially for a top 40 pick. Eagles fans remember the risk/reward play of cornerback Sidney Jones in 2017, and that’s why they don’t want to experience repeated history with Dickerson. Jones was selected in the second round after receiving first-round pre-draft hype. However, he suffered an Achilles tear during his pro day at Washington and missed all but one game of his rookie reason. Jones became a regular in the training room during his three-year stint with the Eagles before being waived following last year’s training camp. It’s understandable for those who lived through the Jones debacle to feel a bit uncomfortable with the Dickerson pick. But, the Eagles’ brass doesn’t view Dickerson and Jones as similar situations. "I think going in [with Sidney] we kind of said, ‘Hey, this is a guy, he’s not going to play this year and we’re just going to get him right,’” GM Howie Roseman said Friday. "That’s not what we were thinking about with Landon.” NJ Advance Media spoke with a longtime NFL scout, who was granted anonymity due to the inability to openly speak about another team’s players or his team’s draft strategy, shortly after the pick. The scout said Dickerson would have been a first-round pick had he not been recovering from knee surgery. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Dickerson is expected to be available for training camp this summer, but Dickerson told the Philadelphia media that he wasn’t committed to a particular timeline for his return. The scout raved about Dickerson’s intangibles as a leader and noted his impressive versatility and ability in pass protection. Dickerson was only charged with one sack over the past three seasons by Pro Football Focus. During his college career, Dickerson started at all five offensive line positions. "We think this is a special player and a special person, and we don’t think that there is any chance that this guy would be available at the 37th pick without those concerns,” Roseman said. "When we think about what kind of player this guy can be and what kind of person this guy could be for our football team, it just was really exciting for us.” Personality and versatility don’t matter when a player can’t get on the field. Dickerson only played 38 games over five college seasons. If he can’t magically become more durable, the risk of spending an early second-round pick will lead to even louder criticism for a front office — led by Roseman — that has gained the reputation of taking unnecessary risks with top selections. Roseman is focused on Dickerson’s upside, but he also acknowledges the potential downside of such a gamble. "I think you understand there is risk/reward in it,” Roseman said. "I think, again, we rely on our medical staff to try to figure out the best way to handle these. If guys are (medical failures) and they’re off the board, those aren’t discussed anymore after the medical meeting. Again, we look at this guy as a guy that’s one of the top talents in this draft, a really talented guy and a culture setter for our organization, and we’re really excited to get him.” https://www.nj.com/eagles/2021/05/nfl-draft-2021-why-eagles-dont-view-landon-dickerson-pick-as-a-similar-situation-to-sidney-jones-disappointment.html 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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