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Philadelphia Drafts Isaac Seumalo

Isaac Seumalo has the ability and intellect to play any position on the offensive line.
Isaac Seumalo has the ability and intellect to play any position on the offensive line.

Oregon State's versatile offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo has been drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 16th pick of the round, the 79th pick overall.

The Eagles are initially looking for help at guard, which Seumalo played last year, his red-shirt junior season for the Beavers. But Philadelphia gets depth across the front in the 6'3", 303 Seumalo, who played center as a freshman and much of the time as a sophomore at Oregon State.

And while he's undersized by NFL standards height wise to play tackle, he has played the position effectively at the Pac-12 level when injuries necessitated it, using quickness, handwork, and overall football iq to get the job done, and could be used in an emergency at the position by the Eagles as well.

Seumalo missed his true junior season in 2014 recovering from a broken foot suffered in the 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl win over Boise St., an injury that didn't respond properly to initial surgical efforts, and required a second round of work in the spring of 2014. But after the second procedure, recovery was complete, and Seumalo had a solid 2015 campaign for the Beavers.

Seumalo started all 37 games in the 3 years he played, and was named Pac-12 All-Conference each year.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com