Philadelphia Eagles select G Landon Dickerson in NFL Draft second round

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PHILADELPHIA (SportsRadio 94WIP) — The Philadelphia Eagles selected offensive guard Landon Dickerson from Alabama with the 37th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Dickerson was announced as a guard, but at Alabama, he played both guard and center, spending all of 2020 in the middle. His versatility will come in handy for an Eagles team that allowed 65 sacks last year, 15 more than the next worst total in the league.

Dickerson spent his first two years at Florida State before transferring to Alabama, where he won the 2020 Rimington Trophy as the best center in the country, Pro Football Focus listed Dickerson as the top-rated run-blocking center (92.8) and No. 2 among FBS centers overall (91.5).

The big man did suffer a knee injury in the SEC Championship Game that kept him out of the Tide's run to the National Championship, but in a touching moment, Nick Saban sent him out on the field for the final snap of the game (and his career) to be able to experience the victory.

Here's what you need to know:

Measurables: 6'6”/333

School: Alabama

2020 stats: 12 games played, rated by PFF as top run-blocking center and No. 2 among centers in the FBS overall, leader of a line that helped Alabama ring up the Power 5's No. 1 scoring offense (48.5 ppg), No. 1 pass efficiency offense (198.9), No. 2 passing offense (358.2 ypg), No. 2 total offense (541.6 ypg) and No. 23 rushing attack (183.5 ypg)

Accolades: 2020 Rimington Trophy Winner (best center), unanimous Associated Press First-Team All-American, First-Team All-SEC, Outland Trophy semifinalist

Strengths:
- Wide and rugged with broad shoulders, waist and arms
-Plays NFL-caliber football at both guard and center
-Vocal leader on the practice field
-Tight, compact steps into run fits
-Unrolls hips into angle blocks, closing and locking the door
-Core strength maintains a well-balanced power zone throughout the rep
-Quick hands with dynamite in his punch.Keeps hands tight inside the frame snap after snap
-Good sumo resets with hand fighting to recapture lost advantages
-Good recognition of gaming defensive fronts in pass pro
-Able to slow two defenders on the same rep
-Will be hard to run through for bull rushers
-Plays under his pads with big, strong hands and sturdy base
-Lethal with the ball in his hands

Weaknesses:
-History of season-ending injuries, including ACL tear suffered in December
-Shorter arms than desired
-Leaves his feet behind as a drive blocker
-Foot agility is slightly below average
-Can be a little labored to mirror linebackers on second level
-Long two-gappers are able to combat his quick hands
-Needs to guard against leaning in pass protection

Expert scout analysis:
-"The anchor is firm, so halting bull rushers is a check in his column, but his lateral agility could be tested by athletic rushers in sub packages. Teams will love his demeanor on and off the field as well as his football intelligence, but he must prove that he can stay healthy." - Lance Zierlein, NFL Media
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