Landon Dickerson: 3 things to know about Eagles second-round pick, including his cartwheels
The Eagles used their second-round draft pick, No. 37 overall, on offensive lineman Landon Dickerson from Alabama. Here are three things to know about Dickerson, who began his college career at Florida State:
1. Heir apparent to Kelce?
Dickerson won the Rimington Trophy in 2019 as the nation's best center at Alabama, his first year there after transferring from Florida State.
That doesn't necessarily make him the replacement for Jason Kelce, who's entering his 11th NFL season and has contemplated retirement in each of the past three offseasons before deciding to return.
That's because Dickerson, who's 6-foot-6, 333 pounds, has experience at all five line positions. He was a tackle at Florida State. In 2019 at Alabama, he started four games at right guard and nine at center. He played all 11 of his games in 2020 at center.
But he does give the Eagles flexibility if Isaac Seumalo moves to center when Kelce ultimately retires.
2. No more Alabama desert
The Eagles had gone since 2002 without drafting a player from Alabama (WR Freddie Milons, fifth round) despite the school's run of greatness. That changed this week when the Eagles selected Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith in the first round (10th overall), followed by Dickerson.
"I don't remember who asked us the question (two weeks ago) about us not picking Alabama guys, because we have so many connections to the Alabama program," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "Obviously, you got Jalen (Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma for his senior year) and we have coaches in the building who have been part of that program as well."
3. Injury concerns
But Dickerson does come with some health concerns.
Dickerson suffered a knee injury that required surgery in the SEC Championship game in December. Dickerson returned to take a snap at the end of the game in the "Victory" formation.
Dickerson did not participate in the Senior Bowl or do workouts at his Pro Day. He said his knee is healing, but he won't give a timeframe, saying he hopes to be ready for the start of the season.
Bonus: He'll tumble for ya
Dickerson was seen on a video doing cartwheels in the background of an interview with Alabama quarterback Mac Jones during his Pro Day in March.
"I have a gymnastics background," Dickerson said. "I did gymnastics for quite a few years. When I was younger, I tumbled a lot. It’s something that I was told I wasn’t allowed to do drills at Pro Days, so I was just trying to find a way to mess with Mac."
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