Two years ago, the Eagles selected Halapoulivaati Vaitai in the fifth round out of TCU. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland developed him and Vaitai has started 16 regular-season games thus far. Vaitai was the starter at left tackle when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII.
The Eagles went back to the TCU well once again Saturday choosing Vaitai's former teammate Matt Pryor in the sixth round with the 206th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
"He helped me out in catching the ropes, being a freshman in college, making that transition especially coming from California and moving to a new state," Pryor said.
It looks like Vaitai is already helping Pryor make the move from the college level to the pro game. Vaitai has already spoken about what to expect in Philadelphia.
"I think having somebody there who I know already is going to help make the transition a little easier," he said.
An immense prospect at 6-7, 338 pounds with 11.5-inch hands, Pryor played in 47 games (32 starts) in his collegiate career. The majority of Pryor's playing time has been at right guard where he started 23 contests. However, he also has eight starts at right tackle and another at left guard.
"I feel as if once I get a clamp on somebody I'm pretty dominant," he said.
The Long Beach, California native was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2017 and earned an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He was not chosen to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Take a look at the Eagles 2018 draft class.