Packers sign offensive tackle Andre Dillard

The sixth-year player out of Washington State was originally selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Eagles.

The Packers have signed free agent tackle Andre Dillard.

Dillard (6-5, 315), a sixth-year player out of Washington State, was originally selected in the first round (No. 22 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. After four years in Philadelphia (2019-22), he spent last season with the Tennessee Titans (2023). Overall, Dillard has played in 59 regular-season games with 19 starts. In 2023, he tied his career high with 16 games played and set a career mark with 10 starts. He has also played in five postseason contests in his career. In college, Dillard played in 42 games with 39 starts and was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection.

He will wear No. 73 for the Packers.

 

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golfpacker1's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:06 pm

Dillard shows just how unpredictable the draft is. He was a first round pick in 2019 and was beaten out for the Eagles starting job by a 7th round pick. Welcome to the Packers.

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dobber's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:09 pm

Won't preclude the Packers from going with an OT early, but gives them some flexibility in the draft.

This is Gute's MO...shoring up clear spots of weakness (swing tackle) prior to the draft in order to give himself some freedom to maneuver.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:15 pm

My 1st thought was Gutey doesn't think a top T will be available at 25. Like you said, this gives him the flexibility to wait until later in the draft of he wants.

Sometimes these guys see the end of the road coming and it gives them the motivation to work hard at their craft and they end up sticking around for awhile. He seems like the type that could really help himself by getting with an off-season coach and correcting his flaws.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:18 pm

He's filling Nijman's role, for now. I liked Dillard coming out of WASU. A good hedge as the OT s look to be going fast in Rds one-two. Maybe he is dialing in on a trade-up for a DB? Maybe he fights it out with Newman ?

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:54 pm

A former first rounder with experience and in his prime is a solid depth piece. Dillard certainly knows he's running out of chances and perhaps he comes to the Packers motivated show he can start and play at a high level.

His signing may nudge C/G prospects up Gutey's board. But if a top T falls he will likely get a call from Brian next Thursday.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:13 pm

IIRC Dillard shot up draft boards because of his testing at the combine but hasn't done much in the pros. He has started 19 games though so he immediately becomes the 6th best O lineman they have. His best season was probably 2021 when he started 5 games, allowing 1 sack. Last year for Tennessee he started 10 games and allowed 12 sacks.

Dillard is perfect example of why I'm cautious about Mims and Guyton. 1st round offensive linemen that need a year or two to develop usually don't in this day and age. Guys that are technically sound enough to learn on the fly are usually the most successful ones. You need a top notch OL coach to make the necessary adjustments with the limited practice time and there's not a lot of them.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:43 pm

Agree. I am cautious about Mims and Guyton...especially Mims.

He's all sizzle, no steak as in consistent, dependable college production. The sizzle is as appealing as a ribeye on the Weber...but with only 8 career injury laden college starts then taking that thin resume into the draft as a true Jr to cash in on his huge size screams boom or bust. I think more bust potential.

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Coldworld's picture

April 18, 2024 at 04:58 pm

Under strength finesse LT when drafted with quick feet and the same size as Bakh was on entering the league. Often compared to him back then. Not much since.

He did have one good year between injuries, 2021, when he had a 69.6 overall grade. In 2022, he had most of his snaps at guard and got a good 84.7 pass block grade in the interior. That actually could be where this is going.

Last year, with the Titans, Dillard played all his snaps at left tackle, finishing with a poor 51.0 overall grade (over 10 points below their grade in Nijman) and a 47.4 pass block grade. He really wasn’t good. I think he was the worst graded T by PFF of those with over 300 snaps.

I’m hoping this is a no commitment redemption style deal for a player some thought would not get another chance after last year. There had been some rumors he might end up as a G, where he played some snaps quite well in 2022.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 18, 2024 at 05:28 pm

Yeah, he might not be the swing tackle after all. These numbers aren't good.

https://twitter.com/SharpFootball/status/1778594610471674149?t=0tRmhOYeu...

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GregC's picture

April 18, 2024 at 07:36 pm

That makes the most sense to me. The Packers need interior OL depth just as much as they need a swing tackle. I don't like the thought of this guy on the edge, protecting Jordan Love's blind side. Still, I'm hoping they draft a few guys who can play interior OL and will be cheaper and have more upside. Best case scenario is that Dillard does not make the roster.

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Guam's picture

April 18, 2024 at 05:02 pm

This signing also resolves what the front office thinks about Jones, Tenuta and Telfort - not enough to trust them to be the reserve swing tackle next year. Also a pretty good signal that they like Walker and Tom as their two starters and they are not looking to take a tackle at #25.

Gute has lots of options at #25.

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Coldworld's picture

April 18, 2024 at 05:22 pm

Or maybe they are potentially going to move Tom and considering one of them to start. It’s just as likely that he’s being moved to G, which the Eagles toyed with.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 18, 2024 at 05:40 pm

or it's another elaborate smoke screen. nothing ventured, nothing gained.

or, weirdly, they actually like the guy and think he can be something.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 18, 2024 at 05:47 pm

I think they like Jones more than the others. He was protected on the 53 man squad so that he wouldn't get poached. But hopefully, this guy Lillard will be an improvement over Jones at this point. He started about half the season at RT for the Titans, who finished 6-11 and were one of the weaker scoring teams in the league.

But a guy who's averaging a sack/game?

And here's the thing about Lillard that I'm wondering about. A first rounder, doesn't work out for the team that drafted him and they part company after three years. Then a second team picks him up, he doesn't play very well, and the team would rather have $5M dead money on the cap than bring this guy back for a second year.

This feels shaky to me. But of course, the front office knows a lot more and maybe they feel like they can make it happen for him. They're optimists. Best of luck on this but I'm still thinking we need premium OT beef in this draft.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 18, 2024 at 06:54 pm

someone scouted him, someone liked him, and he is under contract. welcome aboard.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 18, 2024 at 07:04 pm

He started 10 games at LT for the Titans. He was with the Eagles for four years.

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Guam's picture

April 18, 2024 at 10:12 pm

Given Dillard's history this feels like a band aide at swing tackle. I suspect they will keep Jones and hope he continues to develop, but it certainly isn't a vote of confidence in Jones. Maybe ColdWorld is right and this is to shore up the guard situation, but Lillard's history speaks more to swing tackle than guard.

Let's see who the Packers draft and that will certainly clarify Lillard's role. I'm sure they didn't sign this guy just to cut him in camp.

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JQ's picture

April 19, 2024 at 11:26 am

Make that 'Dillard.' Lillard plays for the Bucks... ( - ; #

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:11 am

Thanks - corrected it! My crummy proofreading skills on display once again........

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WD's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:53 am

They like Jones and Tenuta. They also realize competition is the best motivator. Time will tell; but my money is on Big Caleb to dominate as number one backup. Still, this was a good free agency signing. Let the draft and the competition begin.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

April 18, 2024 at 07:09 pm

Gutekunst just reinforcing the floor - not raising the ceiling at OT.

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Since'61's picture

April 18, 2024 at 08:55 pm

Camp fodder or a trade commodity. Moving on. Thanks, Since '61

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Untylu1968's picture

April 18, 2024 at 09:20 pm

Can you be both fodder and a commodity?

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dobber's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:18 am

A Foddodity?

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Bure9620's picture

April 18, 2024 at 09:03 pm

I have been away for a few months, I hope everyone is well.

This signing is a bit interesting to me. Perhaps just purely a Nijman depth replacement. This might also mean they are not overly thrilled with the Tackles in the first two days and may not be an upgrade over Walker. Dillard is that hedge. I think the tackle class is a bit over hyped, some will be overdrafted.....like Dillard was.

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Rhah's picture

April 18, 2024 at 09:54 pm

Looks like a camp body to me. There's nothing to see here...

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NitschkeFan's picture

April 18, 2024 at 10:09 pm

This guy stunk last season and in his entire career ( 5 seasons since being drafted) he has managed to play ~ one season's worth of snaps in total.

Total Career snaps 1,276.

Last season alone Zach Tom played 1,162 snaps.

I agree with other who have written that this is one more piece of evidence that Tenuta and Jones have not impressed anyone yet. Two years in the NFL for each and no regular season playing time for either (and of course zero snaps for Telfort too).

Please, please, Gute draft some OL help next week!

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Tundraboy's picture

April 18, 2024 at 10:10 pm

The Meh before the storm?

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ArlenWilliams's picture

April 18, 2024 at 10:56 pm

Come on, Caleb Jones!
That's my cheer and I'm sticking to it for the man monster.

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GB@Germany's picture

April 19, 2024 at 01:12 am

Low end rooster edition, hopefully no guarantees.
If he can play guard, maybe a cheap replacement for Newmann, who would cost them 3 mill with a similar floor and an even lower ceiling?

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stockholder's picture

April 19, 2024 at 05:11 am

Another RAS guy that just can't make it.
Always take the game changer.

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Untylu1968's picture

April 19, 2024 at 05:23 am

Who you got for top five game changers in this draft?

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Untylu1968's picture

April 19, 2024 at 05:25 am

In our range.

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dobber's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:20 am

What game changers are still on the FA market on the OL?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 19, 2024 at 10:47 am

He moved two # four picks and snagged Savage ahead of Dillard, leaving Josh Jacobs and Montez Sweat on the "board,' if that is what you are referencing.

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Untylu1968's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:20 pm

Hindsight is the best tool in the draft world!

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dobber's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:13 am

It's more competition from a guy who is still in his prime and has played at the NFL level---rather than leaning into prospects who can't get on an active game-day roster when the league gives you extra actives if you carry extra OL. If you expected an all-pro at this point in the preseason on this kind of contract, you're not paying attention.

Does it really tell us anything about Jones or Telfort or Tenuta? Not really. None of these guys has contracts that hang the Packers up if they get outplayed. Find good players, keep your best, put a couple on the PS, move on from the others.

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CanPackFan's picture

April 19, 2024 at 09:53 am

I suspect this was just a more competition/depth move. His playing time and stats have not been good to this point in his career. If he can he coached and mentored up, terrific. If not,... Maybe a depth piece at guard as well? On paper, this a head scratcher for sure.

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