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Eagles 2018 mock draft: Philadelphia selects SDSU TE Dallas Goedert

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Recapping the first round of our 2018 POD Community Mock Draft.

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The first round of the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft comes to a close with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Philly has already had themselves quite an offseason, adding the likes of Michael Bennett, Haloti Ngata and Mike Wallace. However, they also lost some key players, trading away Torrey Smith for Daryl Worley (who was released after legal troubles), and losing several others including Brent Celek, Trey Burton, Beau Allen, LeGarrette Blount and Vinny Curry.

In other words, Philly has some work to do to maintain their spot at the top of the league. Bud_dog is the Eagles’ acting general manager in our community mock, and he’s looking to make sure they won’t be up for a disappointing follow-up year. With the 32nd pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Eagles have selected San Diego State tight end Dallas Goedert. Here’s Bud_dog;

Coming into the draft, Philadelphia still remained a pretty well-rounded team with very little pressing needs. Arguably, the biggest needs going in were tight end, slot cornerback, and safety. While cornerback and safety are indeed needs, they aren’t as pertinent as tight end. With the departures of Trey Burton and Brent Celek, this was a much easier decision to make.

Coming in at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Goedert is just about everything that you could want in a present day tight end. Garnering comparisons to both Travis Kelce and, ironically, Zach Ertz, Goedert is both an athletic marvel for someone his size and is one of—if not the most—sure-handed tight ends in recent memory. Coming from a basketball background, Goedert is very adept at using his long arms and larger frame to box out defenders and go up for contested balls, which will make him an absolute terror in redzone packages. For example, take this example from a 2016 game against Drake University.

With catches like these, it’s easy to see how Goedert caught 92 passes that season in which he gained over 1,200 yards for the Jackrabbits.

Of course, there are some drawbacks or concerns for Goedert, much like every prospect. One of his biggest knocks on his game was his level of competition and his blocking ability on the line of scrimmage. SDSU being a smaller school, Goedert never had a real chance to display his abilities against top-notch competition, yet he was still able to garner an invite to the Senior Bowl this year. He looked very good in early practices but was injured during the week and was unable to showcase his abilities in the game. As for his blocking, it isn’t where it should be, but Goedert has acknowledged this and is willing to put in the work to get better.

Catch up with all of the picks with our POD Community Mock Draft tracker.

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That’s it for the first round of the POD Community Mock. Here’s a recap of the first round:

1: Browns Sam Darnold, QB, USC
2: Giants Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
6. Indianapolis Colts: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith, ILB/OLB, Georgia
9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
10. Oakland Raiders: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
12. Buffalo Bills: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
13. Washington: Derwin James, S, Florida State
14. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
15. Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
18. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSD
19. Dallas Cowboys: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
20. Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Wynne, G, Georgia
22. Buffalo Bills: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
23. Los Angeles Rams: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio St.
24. Carolina Panthers: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
25. Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
26. Atlanta Falcons: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
27. New Orleans Saints: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
30. Minnesota Vikings: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
31. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
32. Philadelphia Eagles - Dallas Goedert, TE, SDSU

Round 2 will begin on Thursday!