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Dallas Goedert was drafted by the Eagles Friday.
photo courtesy of SDSU Athletics
Dallas Goedert was drafted by the Eagles Friday.

South Dakota State's Goedert drafted by World Champion Philadelphia Eagles


The Associated Press - April 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles and their former kicker stuck it to Dallas by drafting a kid named after the Cowboys.

The Super Bowl champions selected tight end Dallas Goedert after trading up three spots in the second round to make their first pick in the draft. Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers needled Cowboys fans when he made the announcement in their stadium.

"Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren't born," Akers shouted before announcing the selection.

After trading out of the first round Thursday night, the Eagles gave Indianapolis a second-round pick (No. 52) and fifth-round pick (No. 169) to get Goedert at No. 49. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Goedert played four seasons at South Dakota State and is known for his pass-catching ability.

"Dallas is a blue-collar kid who works extremely hard. This was a guy we felt dominated at that level," said Joe Douglas, the executive vice president of player personnel. "He can separate at the top of routes and he's a guy who is going to be a friend to the quarterback."

The Eagles jumped ahead of the Cowboys with the trade, taking a player who could've been on their radar after tight end Jason Witten announced his retirement.

"We wanted to get one of the guys we had from yesterday's list," said Howie Roseman, the Eagles executive vice president of football operations.

Goedert had 72 catches for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior after posting 92-1,293-11 as a junior. He'll team with Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to help Philadelphia's offense create mismatches. The Eagles released veteran tight end Brent Celek and allowed Trey Burton to leave in free agency.

"It's going to depth and competition to the position," coach Doug Pederson said. "He's a tremendous weapon we can utilize. It's exciting to have a pick like this to add."

Goedert shares the same agency with Carson Wentz, who went to North Dakota State.

"Carson has talked to us about him and he's excited," Roseman said.

The Eagles don't have a third-round pick. They'll enter Saturday with two picks in the fourth round and one each in the sixth and seventh.



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