A look at Dillard's strengths and weaknesses
Now that Andre Dillard has been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'5", 315-pound Washington State offensive tackle.
Dillard was the most athletic offensive lineman in this class. He’s incredibly light on his feet, covering ground with his kick-slide and playing with the natural balance and fluid athleticism that enable him to handle pure speed on the outside or mirror inside counters. When he takes a false step, Dillard can recover as well as any other tackle in this class. He’s precise and quick with his hands, and he makes up for a lack of brute force with excellent placement and coordination with his lower body. He also has the ability to get out in space as a run blocker.
He’s underpowered, which will show up in the run game. He won’t move people at the point of attack and will settle for walling off defensive linemen. Overall, he doesn’t play with the kind of nastiness you’d like to see in the run game. In pass protection, he handled speed-to-power at the college level, but will he hold up against the far more powerful edge rushers in the NFL?
He may not be for everyone due to a lack of power, but Dillard should appeal to finesse teams as a mobile run blocker, and more important, he is probably the best pure pass protector in this year’s class.