the "word" was actually that they had their eyes on Mailata the whole time, so i wouldn't put it in a luck category. if i remember correctly they had actually traded up in the 7th round to grab Mailatta because they knew some other teams were ready to pounce on him tooI'd like to hear your reasoning as "lucked out with Mailata" - was it purely "luck" they drafted a guy that never played American Football in his entire life, to the point he didn't even know how to properly put a helmet on and he just turned into a top 10 LT in the league? Or, maybe, just maybe, The Eagles OL Coach Jeff Stoutland is one of the best, if not the best OL coach in the league? If you lean more toward the latter then you'd understand the reasoning some of us think/lean that we won't take a T that high and we will rely on our guy to properly develop OL with more value picks.A bit disingenuous. Jurgens was a 2nd, Dickerson was a 2nd, Dillard was the plan at LT and a 1st but was a bust and they lucked out with Mailata.Yes, one guy. The team has been fantastic at drafting late round OL that develop into starters. Would be totally shocked if they went OL at 10.Lane Johnson?we have such a good track record of getting OL talent later in the draft, I'd be pretty surprised if we took one at 10.My vote is OL. Someone versatile who can rotate, Tackle, Center, Guard.There is no way they are drafting a DT in the 1st rd. They've spent Jordan Davis 1st rd draft capital and Milton Williams 3rd rder the past few years. If anything, they're drafting a CB.
I can't imagine Lane will be playing too much longer. Mailata has had back issues in the past and right now the only tackle they have behind them worth anything is Driscoll. Wouldn't be surprised in the least if they grab an OT at 10 or wherever that pick ends up. Especially since they probably won't be picking this high again in the near future.
I'd assume their board for that top pick is either OT/DL and then a CB.
They were so sold on Mailata and his potential in 2018 that they spent a first round pick on Andre Dillard, a player who played the same position, in 2019. It was a classic, take-a-flyer on a player with good measurables.
This information is not even remotely relevant to the fact that they got "lucky" Mailata turned into a starter. I'm sure they probably wanted to take a flyer on Mailata based on his physical characteristics. But he was a major project when drafted and at the time they took him they probably would have been happy if he turned into a serviceable back-up. If they truly believed Mailata would eventually develop into an NFL starting-caliber LT they wouldn't have traded up for Dillard the very next season.