NFL Draft 2021: Eagles' options at interior offensive line

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Exploring Eagles’ options at iOL throughout the 2021 draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles already traded down from 6 to 12 and still have 11 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

While they might not make all 11 picks, they will have plenty of options during the three days of the draft, which begins on April 29.

Here’s a reminder of their 11 picks:

1st round: No. 12 (trade with MIA)

2nd round: No. 37 (own pick)

3rd round: No. 70 (own pick)

3rd round: No. 84 (trade with Colts)

4th round: No. 123 (trade with MIA)

5th round: No. 150 (own pick)

6th round: No. 189 (own pick)

6th round: No. 224 (compensatory pick)

6th round: No. 225 (compensatory pick)

7th round: No. 234 (own pick)

7th round: No. 240 (from 49ers as part of Marquise Goodwin trade)

Jason Kelce might be entering his final season in 2021 so it’s time to start thinking about his replacement. Maybe that means drafting a center or maybe that means drafting a guard to then move Isaac Seumalo to center. Either way, maybe one of these guys would fit.

Here are their options:

At No. 12

Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC (6-4, 308): Some view Vera-Tucker as a tackle and some view him as a guard; he played both in college. But unlike Slater there seems to be more of a consensus on guard for Vera-Tucker. He’s going to be a first-round pick but he wouldn’t be a very popular selection at No. 12 for the Eagles.

In the middle rounds

Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater (6-3, 320): There’s obviously some projection here with Meinerz, who played at the Division III level and who didn’t have a 2020 season. But he alleviated a lot of those fears by standing out at the 2021 Senior Bowl. He’s big, athletic and has all the tools. Putting him with a coach like Jeff Stoutland is more than intriguing. Meinerz played guard in college but most likely projects as a center.

Wyatt Davis, Ohio State (6-4, 315): We go from a Division III prospect to a guy who started 24 games at right guard for one of the best programs in the nation. Yes, the Eagles have Brandon Brooks but if Davis is there in the third round, he’d offer great value. The first-team All-American was downright dominant at times.

Josh Myers, Ohio State (6-5, 310): Myers started 21 games for Ohio State over the last two years and was a first-team All-Big Ten player. He’s not a tremendous athlete but is tough and stout and will likely start at either center or guard in the NFL.

Kendrick Green, Illinois (6-2, 305): Green played guard and center at Illinois so he offers some versatility but his best fit at the next level is center. It’s very interesting that NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s NFL comparison for Green is Isaac Seumalo, who was once drafted with the potential to replace Kelce. Green would give the Eagles’ options to keep Seuamlo at left guard or move him to center and plug and play Green when the time comes.

Ben Cleveland, Georgia (6-6, 343): Cleveland is a big boy but moves surprisingly well for his size. And he has all the strength you’d imagine for someone of his stature. He played in 45 games with 25 starts at Georgia, all at right guard.

Late-round sleeper(s)

Will Sherman, Colorado (6-3, 304): Sherman started 15 games at left tackle and 12 at right but projects most as an interior lineman, most likely a center. He once blocked for Kyler Murray in high school and eventually went on to Colorado and had a nice college career. A late-round player who offers true versatility.

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