Questions surround Andre Dillard and the aging Jason Peters is showing interest in returning. This signifies one glaring issue, the Philadelphia Eagles need to protect the quarterback above everything else. Let’s highlight 2021 NFL draft prospect, offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw. Several mock drafts show his draft position falling, some as far as pick 36 in the second round. The Eagles currently hold the 37th pick in the NFL Draft. They should be right there to make a move for Christian Darrisaw.
Highschool to College
Born in Virginia, Christian went to Riverdale Baptist High in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. After a short stop at Fort Union Military Academy, Darrisaw joined the Virginia Tech Hokies. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and never looked back from there. In his junior year, he was first-team all ACC and also named a second-team Associated Press All American to boot.
The 6′ 5″, 313 pound Darrisaw is a physically opposing tackle who has all the intangibles you look for at the position. He has the athletic feet, lateral quickness and a low center of gravity. I love his natural ability to bend which helps counteract the pass rush. See below as he beasts the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year!
Every draft prospect has flaws and Darrisaw comes with his share of issues as well. There have been critiques on his hand placements and sometimes nonchalant attitude. He tends to rely on his athleticism over technique which could be a problem at the NFL level. I believe all these issues can be worked out with coaching. Good thing for the Eagles they have the best offensive line coach in the business in Jeff Stoutland. If the Eagles decide to go this route I believe Christian Darrisaw will help this team for years to come with an upside that’s thru the roof.
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