Potential Eagles 2021 Draft Gems, Episode 16: Dillon Radunz

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Dillon Radunz, left tackle
6’5, 304 pounds

High School Career:
Dillon is from Becker, Minnesota where he had a great high school football career. In two seasons of starting, he won back-to-back 4A state championships as their left tackle. At one point, he also finished Top 10 in Mr. Football in Minnesota (the best high school football player in the state) in 2015. The winner was J.D. Spielman, the wide receiver who later played at Nebraska and TCU. Rudunz was also a team captain and All-State, All-Metro, and district MVP.

College Career:
At North Dakota State, Dillion would redshirt his first season in 2016, the only time the Bison didn’t win a national championship in his tenure. In his redshirt freshman campaign, he, unfortunately, got hurt week one with a season ending knee injury. In his sophomore season, he started 15 games at left tackle, with 626 snaps and only allowing 3 sacks while also getting 27 knockdowns in that season, resulting in him receiving 1st Team All-MVFC. His junior campaign is the most important one for him, as he was consensus first-team All-American for the FCS, and unanimous All-MVFC as well. In 16 games, he played 682 snaps, didn’t allow a single sack, and recorded 63 knockdowns, while going on to be a part of the first national championship team that went 16-0 in a season.

Summary of why he would fit in Philadelphia:
With the newest head coach Nick Sirianni previously of the Indianapolis Colts, it seems that it will be a more run-first offense in Philadelphia. With that being said, Radunz is a great run blocking tackle leading the way for one of the top offenses in the FCS. He has some higher class athleticism as well, with the settled mix of power in his hands. He performed against some of the most-talented edge rushers the Missouri Valley offered and succeeded. If they move forward with Jalen Hurts at quarterback, Radunz has great experience blocking for mobile quarterbacks, with protecting Easton Stick (former 5th round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers) and Trey Lance (a projected top 15 pick in this year’s draft.) With his track record of protection only 3 sacks given up in 2 years, you can say he excels in pass protection as well. Lastly, with each year, the Eagles seem to always be snakebitten with injuries. By selecting Radunz, that would endure a safety blanket to the left side of the line and brings in a tackle with some of the best potential in the entire class.

With his solid showcasing at the Senior Bowl, Dillion might have improved his draft stock to high 2nd round to perhaps a sneaky late first-round selection which Philadelphia would have to trade back in to get. This would be a great pick in the long run in my opinion.

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