To get Goedert, the Eagles gave Indianapolis their 52nd and 169th pick in this year's draft. It's not like they're loaves and fishes.

Goedert also is a buddy of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who texted him shortly after the pick. It was one of seven trades in a long first round.

Eagles player personnel chief Joe Douglas was impressed with Goedert's size and agility for a big man.

That's right. David Akers stole the spotlight, and rightfully so just one year after former Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson came into Philadelphia with this epic draft pick announcement. And they'll only have to pay Dallas Goedert, the highest-rated tight end in the draft according to several scouting services, second-round money.

"It creates matchups. If he's an athletic guy like a Zach Ertz", Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Goedert, "we can move him around, we can spread him out, he's good in space, he understands spatial awareness".

Both of ESPN's draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. had Goedert listed as a first round prospect. He's excited, just from the texts some of us have gotten, the conversations. "He's a guy we had our eye on". Look for another healthy day of wheeling and dealing with additional future draft capital a distinct possibility.

Goedert was the third tight end off the board, following South Carolina's Hayden Hurst, who went 25th to Baltimore in Thursday's first round.

Running back, offensive line, defensive line and secondary are positions the Eagles will target.

Goedert is a matchup type of player who has drawn some comparisons to Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs.

BC-FBN-Draft-Eagles-Third Day, 131Eagles seeking value on final day of National Football League draftEds: APNewsNow. All-in-all, Goedert is the total package at tight end.

The rest of the characters who were drafted are so non-descript it's going to be hard remembering their names. He tweeted out congratulations to his fellow Dakotan and sent him several text messages. Young later apologized. with honor.

Goedert was known to many as the top tight end in this year's draft. Coaching, opportunity and role weigh heavily.


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