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Todd McShay’s Day 2 NFL draft awards - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (pick No. 49). With Trey Burton gone to Chicago, I had tight end as Philadelphia’s second-biggest need. Goedert is a rare two-way tight end who can both block inline and is fast enough to stretch the seam in the passing game. A playmaker for Carson Wentz with 10-inch hands, Goedert is an ascending player --164 of his 198 career catches at South Dakota State were in the past two seasons. Oh yeah, it didn’t hurt that the Eagles traded up ahead of the Dallas Cowboys -- a team now desperate for a tight end -- to grab him.

Best remaining Day 3 targets for Philadelphia Eagles - BGN
Top dog: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon. Apparently, there are legit issues with Crosby’s medical checks that are scaring teams away. It was his junior year that was ended by the injury (left foot), but apparently the pain and instability lingered into 2017’s senior season. It may never go away. I’ve been told that scouts consider his left foot and ankle “skinny and weak,” and that he very well could bust. On film, however, Crosby strikes me as a starting tackle, and if Philadelphia thinks there’s any chance he can replace Jason Peters long-term, he’s worth the gamble.

A look at what the other NFC East teams did in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
When asked about positional value in the draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman responded, “I think it’s a crock. At the end of the day, a great player is a great player. (Former Giants GM) Ernie (Accorsi) and I have talked about it a lot. He’s a touchdown maker. He is a touch... down... maker. He is a threat to take it to the house every time he gets his hands on the ball. ”Like I said, I think a lot of that is nonsense. I think it’s someone who had this idea, and got into the analytics of it, and did all of these running backs and went through their whatever. Hey, Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year, and he has hardly lost anything. ”I don’t believe in it. I don’t care who you take. They can all get hurt. Nobody is immune.” I should note that Gettleman mimicked a nerd typing on his keyboard during his brilliant analytics sentence, while a half-asleep Pat Shurmur watched his fingers.

Dallas In Dallas - Iggles Blitz
Goedert is excellent value in the mid-2nd and can contribute right away. He will likely be a role player this year, but he can play a part in 3-TE sets and can help in the Red Zone. It is possible he could challenge Richard Rodgers for the #2 spot. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out this summer.

Dallas Goedert Leaps from Small-Town Hero to the Top of the Tight End Class - B/R
Dallas Goedert’s home town of Britton, South Dakota, is so small that the football teams only have nine players and the bicycles only have one wheel. ”You can tour the whole city in about two minutes,” says Goedert, arguably the top tight end in this year’s draft class, as well as an avid unicyclist. “After that, you’re on your own.” The only traffic light is a flasher in the middle of town. The nearest McDonald’s is an hour away, though there is a Subway and a summer-only ice cream stand. There are no malls or movie theaters for miles in every direction. Just farms, lakes and game reserves.

Film Study: Peelle Breaks Down Goedert -
Justin Peelle is in his NovaCare Complex office, clicker in his right hand, watching the video screen as Dallas Goedert lines up for South Dakota State’s football team in the 2017 season. Minutes earlier, literally minutes, Peelle received a text from head coach Doug Pederson from the team’s draft room, a final ask of Peelle’s opinion of Goedert. “Yeah, I love the guy,” said Peelle, the team’s tight end coach, as the Eagles moved up from No. 52 overall to No. 49 overall and prepared to send in Goedert’s name as their first pick in the 2018 draft. Peelle scooted from his office to the draft room as the call was made to Goedert, and now Peelle was back in his office, watching the newest member of his tight end room. We’re watching Goedert line up on the right side of South Dakota’s formation, split wide, matched up against a cornerback. Really, it’s no match at all.

The Philadelphia Eagles select Dallas Goedert 49th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
Goedert had 3.17 yards per route run that would have ranked first overall among all FBS tight ends. Goedert had 573 yards after the catch, 96 more than any other tight end in the draft class.

Eagles second-round draft pick Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz could be a mismatch nightmare - Inquirer
But getting another potential receiving threat also illustrated the changing dynamic of tight ends in the NFL. They’re almost always pass catchers first and if they’re built as big as Ertz and Goedert and if they’re as fast and elusive, they’re difficult to defend in the passing game. “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. He’s great in man coverage because he can separate at the top of the route. Those become big bodies on smaller bodies.”

Seattle Seahawks re-sign Byron Maxwell on one-year deal - Field Gulls
After an unexpected return to the Seattle Seahawks towards the end of last season, cornerback Byron Maxwell will be staying with the team heading into 2018. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the early details.

8 winners and 7 losers from the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Winner: the Eagles. Loser: the Cowboys and their fans. News broke earlier in the day Friday that Jason Witten, the Cowboys’ stalwart tight end for a decade and a half, is probably retiring to join the Monday Night Football booth. The Super Bowl Eagles proceeded to trade to one pick in front of their rival Cowboys, draft a tight end whose name is literally Dallas Goedert, at a draft held in Dallas, and announce it by sending their former kicker to scream at a bunch of Cowboys fans before a national TV audience. A parade of draft pick announcers used their time on the stage to take shots at the Cowboys and their fans. None of this is actually that big a deal, and the Cowboys might not have even intended to pick Goedert. But it’s still funny, and we celebrate fun stuff.

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