Philadelphia Eagles trade up to select Dallas Goedert with the 49th pick

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Originally slated to pick at 52nd overall, the Philadelphia Eagles traded up three spots to jump the Dallas Cowboys and select Dallas Goedert.

Finally, a Dallas Philadelphia Eagles fans can get behind.

After having to wait another day to finally make a selection, following the team trading the 32nd overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens, the Eagles moved up three spots to steal the player that the Dallas Cowboys were targeting at 50 overall, Dallas Goedert.

And boy was it a sweet sight to see.

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With hometown Philly favorite David Akers announcing the pick, who’s intro speech included the very memorable line “Hey Dallas, none of these players where even alive when you won the Super Bowl” the Eagles invested in yet another young, versatile playmaker who has the potential to give Philly the best one-two tight end punch in the entire league, and contribute both now and for years to come.

A ‘non-preferred walk-on‘ who wasn’t even offered a scholarship when he joined the South Dakota State football program, Goedert was described by some as the “Gronk of the FCS” and after having a lot of success selecting a Dakota, the Eagles decided to double-down and go for broke on an FCS superstar.

After redshirting during his first season campus, Goedert appeared in 43 games for the Jackrabbits over his five years on campus and finished out his career with 198 catches for 2988 yards and 21 touchdowns as SD State’s top target.

An effective weapon inline, in the slot, and even out wide, Goedert made plays all over the Jackrabbit’s offense over the last to seasons, and will hopefully bring that flair and versatility to South Philly.

Though he’s far from a finished project, as he’s still incredibly raw as a blocker and mostly served as a glorified wide receiver at South Dakota, the six-foot-five, 256 pound Goedert will step in and fill the role of the departed Trey Burton from day one while hopefully developing into a starting caliber tight end alongside Zach Ertz to pair with the 2017 Pro Bowler for years for the next half-decade.

But what did this move cost the Eagles?

Well, according to the official Indianapolis Colts website, the Eagles sent the 52nd overall pick and the 169th overall pick to Indie for an opportunity to steal Dallas’ preferred played on the very day that longtime bird-killer Jason Witten announced his retirement from football in the house that Jerry built.

A classic Philly move if you ask me.

Though he may not have an immediate impact on the team as a rookie, Doug Pederson loves to run his offense out of two, and even three tight end sits in short yardage, and goalline situations, and for the price of the 52 and 169th overall selection, the Eagles just drafted a tight end with arguably the highest ceiling of any player in the entire draft, and with their roster absolutely loaded with playmakers, that’s a worthy short and long-term investment.

I mean, can you imagine trying to cover Alshon Jeffery, Ertz and Goedert at the same time?

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So Dallas, welcome to Philadelphia. Boy, that’s going to take some getting used to.