Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Eagles take SDSU tight end Dallas Goedert

They drafted University of Pittsburgh cornerback Avonte Maddox with the 125th overall pick, then selected Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat five picks later. But the Eagles love to play a lot of 12 personnel, with two tight ends on the field, and they believe Goedert is NFL-ready.

Carson Wentz, the Eagles starting quarterback from North Dakota State, seemed happy after the pick.

Goedert had 1,111 receiving yards in his senior season at SDSU. Goedert is a solid candidate to absorb the snaps left behind by Trey Burton. "Tonight, I'm representing the Philadelphia Eagles".

"That was definitely something that was in the back of my head when Jason retired", Goedert said, "that they need a tight end to fill his spot".

Goedert said he's had some interaction with Wentz leading up to the draft with the two former Missouri Valley stars sharing the same Rep 1 Sports agency out of Irvine, Calif. Goedert said Wentz was one of the first people to send him a text message after Goedert got the call from the Eagles. All-in-all, Goedert is the total package at tight end. Goedert, on the other hand, injured a hamstring during Senior Bowl practices and didn't run a 40-yard dash at the scouting combine or during his pro day, the latter with Eagles tight ends coach Justin Peele on hand.

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The Eagles drafted defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round past year, but their other top pass rushers are in their 30s. The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder is projected as a slot corner, which the Eagles now lack after losing Patrick Robinson to New Orleans in free agency. They had just acquired the 52nd pick the night before in a trade with Baltimore to move out of the first round. Both Pro Bowl tight ends routinely beat linebackers down the seam and out-muscle safeties on shorter routes.

"The first thing [the Eagles said on the call] is".

Goedert is confident he can develop into a top-flight tight end in the National Football League, using Wentz and former Northern Iowa running back David Johnson as examples of former Valley players who have thrived in the NFL. "He's a tremendous weapon we can utilize".

"Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren't born", Akers shouted before announcing the selection.

Roseman said the Eagles expected to get a player at 52 that would have made sense at 32, and he said Goedert is that guy.

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