The Eagles traded up with the Indianapolis Colts (picks #52 and #169 for #49) and selected Dallas Goedert, tight end, South Dakota State.
Here is his highlights...
2016: 92 catches, 1,293 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
2017: 72 catches, 1,111 yards, and 7 touchdowns.
One stat that really sticks out is his yards-per-catch which was 15.1 for his career.
At 6'5, Goedert will be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He is also a willing blocker which is something the Eagles needed. He is a strong kid (225/23 reps at the combine) that shouldn't get pushed around.
While on the surface you may not think tight end is a big enough need to warrant this high of a pick, but as we saw with Trey Burton last season, the Eagles utilize the tight end as good as any team in the NFL.
Zach Ertz also missed two games last season and has had injury history in the past.
The Eagles were going to draft a tight end at some point, but ended up drafting arguably the best one in the entire draft.
I didn't see Goedert falling this far, but he is GREAT value for the Eagles 49.
Keep in mind, this is a player they could have drafted at 32 and people would have thought it was a solid pick. They now have a swap in round 4 (132 to 125) and a 2019 2nd round pick to go with it, although they did lose pick 169.
At the end of the day the Eagles get another major weapon for Carson Wentz and an offense that was already the best in the league.
Doug Pederson is smiling.
- Here is a great story on Goedert from ESPN on his journey to the draft (click here)