Eagles seeking value on final day of National Football League draft

He is the first NFL Draft pick from SDSU since 2010 when the Buffalo Bills selected defensive end Danny Batten in the sixth round. The Eagles parted with Burton, the thrower of the "Philly Special", and Brent Celek this offseason, creating a void at tight end that Goedert helps to fill. Dallas Goedert caught 72 passes for 1,111 yards last season and had 198 catches for 2,988 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. Goedert is a solid candidate to absorb the snaps left behind by Trey Burton.

This time it's tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State, taken with the 17th pick of the second round, moments after the Eagles traded up three spots, from No. 52 overall. "This was a guy we felt dominated at that level", said Joe Douglas, the executive vice president of player personnel.

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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. 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.

"He's a tremendous player, a tremendous asset, a weapon for us that I think we can utilize with some of the things you saw a year ago with Trey Burton and having him on the field as well with Zach", coach Doug Pederson said. "And I was kind of hoping I could go there and play for the Eagles".

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The Eagles will be waiting in line for another 20 picks before they get to make their selection. The receiving total led all Division I tight ends in both the FBS and FCS divisions in 2017. 5-foot-9 and 184 pounds - Maddox is known for his tough, physical play. Goedert said he started to tear up after he received the call from the Eagles. "We have a Pro Bowl tight end right there, and you think about the combinations, it's exciting to think about what they can do together".

"Hey Dallas, they last time you were in a Super Bowl these picks weren't even born yet!" The Eagles traded the 52nd and the 169th overall picks to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 49th overall pick.

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"We spoke to our doctors, our training staff, and they cleared him for us, so we're very excited to get this guy".

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