With each passing 2019 NFL Draft first-round pick Thursday night, Woodinville’s Andre Dillard grew a little more anxious.
He paced around in the green room where top prospects wait backstage – all while his family and position coach at Washington State University (offensive line coach Mason Miller) – sat nearby.
And in one swoop of a trade, Dillard found a landing spot with a recent Super Bowl champion.
Dillard was selected 22nd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles, who moved up three spots to grab what many analysts thought was the draft’s best pass blocker at offensive tackle.
Dillard was also the first Pac-12 player taken in the draft Thursday night.
“I was feeling every emotion in the book,” Dillard told ESPN’s Suzy Kolber on stage before heading down on the main floor to the Eagles cheering section of fans for selfie photos.
Draft analyst Rob Rang thinks a Dillard-to-Philadelphia partnership is a good fit for both sides.
“He needs to get stronger, but with the two starters already in place (Jason Peters, Lane Johnson at offensive tackle), he has time to do so,” Rang said. “He’ll be the eventual starter at left tackle – with a lot of talent around him.”
Indeed, Dillard looks now as if he will be the heir apparent to Peters at left tackle. Peters, 37, took a pay cut and signed a one-year deal in the offseason to return for what appears a final season in Philadelphia.
Dillard became the 14th WSU player selected in the first round, and first since Arizona drafted defensive back Deone Bucannon 27th overall in 2014.
Dillard is also the second Woodinville High School product to be picked in the draft. Former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo went in the second round in 2001.