Philadelphia Eagles select South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert

Jan 23, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. (86) catches a pass against inside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson (56) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles went through day one pretty quiet as they ending up trading out of the first round. Day two was different for the Birds though. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas decided to trade up to take the guy they want. The Eagles traded the 52nd and the 169th overall picks to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 49th overall pick.

With the 49th overall pick, the Eagles select…

After David Akers riled up the crowd with his mockery of the Dallas Cowboys success in the 21st century, he announced the Eagles first pick of the 2018 draft. That pick turned out to be Dallas Goedert, tight end from South Dakota State.

Dallas Goedert, a two-time all-American in the FCS, will move into a scarce tight end room behind Zach Ertz. The Eagles lost both Trey Burton and longtime Eagles Brent Celek in the offseason. That led to a tight end room with just Zach Ertz having NFL experience. Burton and Celek’s contributions will need to get filled and Goedert has the versatility to fill both of their spots. Last year the Eagles ran a lot of two-tight end sets with Celek on blocking downs and Burton on passing downs. Goedert will be able to be a three-down back which will create plenty of playing time in his rookie year.

Goedert was known to many as the top tight end in this year’s draft. Current Eagle, Zach Ertz was a common comparison of his. Unlike Ertz though, Goedert is a pretty good blocker. Goedert’s Ertz comparisons come from his ability to come down with the ball. He also has some great yards after the catch ability. All-in-all, Goedert is the total package at tight end.

The Eagles next pick is in the fourth round at pick 125. The Eagles still have very few holes to fill as they are just looking to get cheaper, younger players with their limited cap space.

-Christian Gotzman is a staff writer for Full Press Coverage Eagles. You can follow him on Twitter @C_Gotzman


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