Posted April 28, 2018 at 05:30 AM | Updated April 28, 2018 at 05:30 AM
By Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
PHILADELPHIA — Less than 15 minutes after the Eagles‘ first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was introduced, Eagles government vp of soccer operations Howie Roseman joked about the ache head coach Doug Pederson was going by having to attend 49 picks to pick their first participant.
“When you make your head coach wait 49 picks for the first player,” Roseman mentioned, “it is nice to make him happy.”
Pederson and the Eagles appeared thrilled on Friday evening after the selection of South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert, a participant they contemplated taking at No. 32 total however finally chosen 15 picks later.
Was it the proper choice — and had been all the smiles on Friday evening justified?
Here is an summary of Goedert and a few thoughts on the pick.
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The next Jason Witten?
On the day that Dallas Cowboys tight finish Jason Witten reportedly decided to retire from the NFL, the Eagles would possibly have already got Witten 2.zero.
“He’s got some Jason Witten-like qualities,” mentioned one scout. “People think of Witten now as an annual Pro Bowler but he slipped in the draft (third round, 2003). Goedert has the size, the athletic body control, the hands. He’ll improve as a blocker.”
Although Witten and Goedert have some variations — Goedert is a greater athlete, Witten is a greater blocker — the comparability ought to have the Eagles and their followers enthusiastic about the sort of participant they could have gotten at No. 49 total.
Expecting Goedert to change into the next Witten is a excessive bar, however the comparability does communicate to simply how extremely the Eagles’ new tight finish was considered by scouts heading into the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pass-catching tight finish
In the NFL, if you wish to be an elite passing group, you’ll want to have a good finish the opposing protection has to account for. Gone are the days the place in order to be an elite tight finish, you needed to block as effectively.
Goedert checks all the packing containers off as an elite tight finish prospect in at the moment’s NFL.
At 6-foot-5 with 35 inch arms — that are three inches longer than Zach Ertz’s arms — Goedert has the dimension and athleticism to be a significant component in the passing recreation. Goedert completed with 59 catches final season for 958 yards, a mean of 16.2 yards per catch.
For an Eagles’ group that likes to throw the ball over the center of the discipline, Goedert ought to be capable of come in and contribute immediately.
Upgrade from Trey Burton?
The Eagles misplaced each backups Trey Burton and Brent Celek from their tight finish room this offseason, making tight finish a necessity for this group heading into the draft. Although they’ve already signed veteran Richard Rodgers, he’s on only a one-year deal.
By taking Goedert, the Eagles consider they’ve changed Burton’s position in the passing recreation in a big-time method.
“He is a weapon for us that I think we can utilize with some of the things you saw last year with Trey Burton and having him on the field with Zach (Ertz),” Pederson mentioned. “It is exciting to have a a player like this to have on our roster.”
Not solely did the Eagles exchange Burton, they could have upgraded. Although Burton was productive with the Eagles, he didn’t have the top the Eagles — and most groups — need in their pass-catching tight ends. Goedert, on the different arms, stands 6-foot-5 with lengthy arms.
Goedert has the dimension and talent set to have a a lot larger influence in the passing recreation than Burton did.
Pairing Goedert with Zach Ertz
The Eagles already had the finest tight finish in the NFL on their roster in Ertz. The determination so as to add Goedert to the roster should not change Ertz’s position in the offense very a lot, or his targets.
If something, the addition of Goedert ought to assist Ertz.
The Eagles used a two tight finish formation on 251 performs final season. They had three tight ends on the discipline for 71 performs. Last season, when Ertz was on the discipline with both Burton or Celek, the protection needed to fear about Ertz significantly greater than they did the different two. If Goedert can attain his potential, that will not be the case when the Eagles have the duo on the discipline collectively — which must be lots.