There was never a question about Landon Dickerson’s immense talent. He could easily turn into the best offensive linemen in the 2021 draft class and no one would be surprised.
Dickerson probably would have been a top-25 pick in this year’s draft if not for a serious left knee injury last December. It was his fourth major injury in five collegiate seasons, including two separate ACL tears. Yes, people are concerned about the health of the man thought to be Jason Kelce’s future replacement at center for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team invested a second-round pick (37th overall) in an “unusual player” from Alabama, per Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. The franchise was fully aware of Dickerson’s injury history but felt it was a risk worth taking.
“We knew all that,” Roseman said about Dickerson. “To quote Coach Stoutland, he’s unusual. He’s an unusual player with an unusual personality. And we think that the upside of what he can do not only as a player but as a person and the people he can bring along with that, with some of our young linemen, can make a huge difference in our football team going forward.”