The Eagles continue to surprise with another ‘Bama boy off the board and coming to South Philly. Landon Dickerson drafted in the second round to seemingly be the heir apparent to fan favorite, Jason Kelce.
Versatiliy is the name of the game. A two-year starter at Alabama, Dickerson began as a guard before settling at center. Steve Sarkisian’s scheme seem to fit him well. He was able to help the Tide take home the Joe Moore Award as college football’s top offensive line in 2020. He started for Jimbo Fisher as a true freshman at Florida State and looked like a future star.
Some Injury Concerns
Unfortunately, three season-ending injuries derailed his time in Florida. Dickerson played in only 13 of a possible 38 games from 2016 to ’18. He started 24 straight games at Alabama before he tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game. However, Dickerson took the final snaps of the Crimson Tide’s 52-24 national championship game victory over Ohio State just a month removed from tearing that aforementioned ACL. He has the toughness to fit right in
- Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
- Class: Redshirt senior
- Height: 6-6
- Weight: 333
- Arms: 33 1/4
- Hands: 10 3/8
- Won the Rimington Trophy presented annually to the nation’s top center
- Made all the calls for the offensive line that won the 2020 Joe Moore Award as the best in college football
- Semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which went to teammate Alex Leatherwood
- Unanimous first-team All-American.
- First-team All-SEC from both the Associated Press and league coaches
- Co-recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, along with Leatherwood
- Pro Football Focus listed Dickerson as the top-rated run-blocking center with a grade of 92.8 while ranking No. 2 among centers in the FBS with an overall offensive grade of 91.5 entering the College Football Playoff
Dickerson moves with balanced footwork to handle gap penetrators and remove linebackers at the second level. Very much like current Eagles center Jason Kelce. Although he doesn’t always play disciplined, his mauling attitude, brick hands, and finishing skills frustrate opponents.
Overall, Dickerson’s offers guard/center flexibility with the smarts, toughness, and competitive makeup that could add to the future of this offensive line. He could immediately start but most likely he will learn from the Eagles legend. Landon Dickerson drafted by the Eagles fills a need for an important need. FOr more draft coverage click here.
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