The Eagles had their all-time scoring leader David Akers go on stage to announce the selection of Dallas Goedert and he did not disappoint. The speech that Akers delivered was incredible, making sure Dallas fans knew the last time they had competed for a Super Bowl, these players weren’t even born yet. David Akers’ speech was so amazing that it overshadowed Drew Pearson’s speech out of existence. It’s safe to say that it was well worth the wait into the second round to see this all happen. Here is his speech below if you have somehow missed it.
While the Eagles did move back on day one of the NFL Draft, they decided it was necessary to move back up during day two. Before the draft started on Friday, future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten, shocked the Dallas Cowboys by announcing his retirement and plans to move on to the Monday Night Football broadcast team. This left a gaping hole for them that they did not expect to have to fill. Howie Roseman and the Eagles saw the writing on the wall and knew that Dallas Goedert wasn’t going to make it past the Cowboys so he used a fifth-round pick to move up three spots, just one pick ahead of the Cowboys, to grab him. Every fan and media member knew what was happening and it made it that much better that it was all done on Dallas’ home turf.
Now to get to the actual player. Dallas Goedert is a small school prospect coming from South Dakota State University. While that is looked at as a negative, he absolutely dominated FBS football with over 2,400 yards, 164 receptions and 18 touchdowns the past two seasons. Goedert has great size, standing at 6’5″, 256 pounds and has exceptional athleticism to go with it. With his gigantic hands, he is a very reliable pass-catcher that can go up and high-point the ball over defenders. Coming from a smaller school, there are some things that need to be worked on. Goedert was able to create some separation on his routes in college but will have to really refine them in order to get that space in the NFL. He also shows a lack of willingness to block at times.
Pro-Comparison- Zach Ertz
Overall, the Eagles went into day two with a plan to get their guy and they succeeded at that. Goedert was graded as a first-round talent and on many draft boards, the best tight end in this year’s draft. With Goedert, the Eagles get another playmaking tight end to go with Ertz and open up the field for Carson Wentz