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Hello Dane, always appreciate a new mock! I did have a question centered around the Eagles taking Tyler Linderbaum in the middle of the first. I feel like historically, and specifically under Jeff Stoutland recently, the Eagles have done a fantastic job of taking toolsy lineman later in the draft and turning them into starter-level players. Does a team's ability to better develop certain positions factor into the decision-making for whether to use a top-level pick as opposed to taking a few shots later in the draft? — Thomas S.
It absolutely should be part of the decision-making process. The best drafting teams are collaborative with their process, including the coaches as part of the decision-making. Having a position coach who has a track record of developing toolsy players is great, but also a projection. Coaches love a challenge, but they also love studs who are ready to step in and have clear Pro Bowl potential.
So while Stoutland wouldn’t back down from the idea of developing a mid-or-late round center, I’m sure he would bang the table for the chance to coach Linderbaum and get the most out of him. The Eagles’ draft history is very diverse in regard to offensive linemen. They’ll take them early (Lane Johnson) but also look to find developmental guys later on (Mailata).
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