Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in fourth round of NFL Draft

Philadelphia Eagles snag Avonte Maddox in fourth round of NFL Draft

The Eagles are quarterbacked by former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz - the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 - and have Sioux Falls native and former University of Nebraska safety Nate Gerry in their defensive back corps, a fifth-round pick in 2017. And when he competed against mostly Division I-A prospects at the Senior Bowl, according to Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, Goedert more than held his own.

Ertz, who was a second-round pick in 2013, returns as the team's leading receiver and the Eagles also signed Richard Rodgers as a free agent.

Just eight spots after fellow Pitt defensive back Jordan Whitehead was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Avonte Maddox joined the National Football League ranks when the Philadelphia Eagles snagged him in the fourth round with the 125th overall pick.

They snapped him up beneath the noses of the hated Dallas Cowboys, who suddently find themselves in the unenviable position of having to replace tight end Jason Witten.

Probably the most important thing about Zierlein's scouting report on Goedert is that his pro comp for the tight end is Eagles' TE Zach Ertz.

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The Eagles traded out of the first round on Thursday and moved from 32 to 52 before moving back down to 49.

There is no reason why Goedert shouldn't see decent targets right out of the gate. Ideas like this are exactly why the Eagles added Goedert.

R.J. White: Recruited out of Britton, South Dakota, Goedert redshirted in 2013 before seeing limited work in 2014 as a freshman, then catching 26 balls for 484 yards and three TDs as a sophomore.

"Seeing two tight ends taken before me was hard", said Goedert, who believes he was the top tight end in the draft. Goedert dominated a lower level of competition and will have to prove he can uncover and block against bigger, more explosive athletes as a pro.

Akers played up Philadelphia's status as defending Super Bowl champs.

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