Goedert to fly with Eagles

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Fresh off the franchise's first-ever Super Bowl triumph, the Philadelphia Eagles march into the 2018 NFL draft on top of the football world but the bottom of the draft order.

When you don't make any big splashes, you can't really expect a ton of excitement.

Akers, Philadelphia's all-time leader scorer, took the stage to announce the team's 49th pick, but before he announced the team's signing of Dallas Goedert, Akers lit into Dallas with a few well-placed jabs, SB Nation reported.

"Of course I can catch, in rugby league we have to pass the ball, but I am enjoying my time at offensive tackle", he said. And given how poorly the Giants defense played last season, they certainly can use a change in the way their defense does things. When the draft began they were absent several selections due to the trades that acquired Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, and Ronald Darby. The Eagles have shown the ability to scheme multiple tight ends onto the field at once easily, so Ertz blocking him isn't a concern.

Maddox' small frame (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) may remind fans of Brandon Boykin, and the Eagles may have a similar role for Maddox in mind.

When Pitt's Avonte Maddox went to the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.39 40, and started a journey from smallish college cornerback to NFL draft pick.

After taking Sweat at No. 130, the Eagles have to wait until No. 206.

"What's up Dallas, we heard you in Philly previous year", Akers yelled through booing Cowboys fans. "He's a tremendous player, a tremendous asset, a weapon for us that I think we can utilize with some of the things you saw with Trey Burton and having him on the field as well with Zach". Either way, the Eagles did, indeed, have a solid showing. You'd like your backups to be good enough to be 35, take away the three, 25 percent instead of 35. "He's putting himself back in a position to come back and help this football in many ways". The Eagles are probably more stacked at defensive end than any team in the NFL. Wendell Smallwood fell out of favor last year and Donnel Pumphrey, the rookie fourth-round pick he Eagles traded ahead of the Cowboys to secure, didn't dress for a game last year. He's a tight end from South Dakota State. More of a blocking tight end would have been a natural fit alongside Ertz, but today's National Football League requires a pass-catching threat from each non-lineman, and that makes Goedert a strong pick.

Most of that echos the general consensus.

Highlights of Mailata trampling opponents playing rugby league is what attracted him to NFL teams in the first place.

See? Nothing too terribly exciting. We'll see where Philly goes from here.

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