Posted on 28. April 2018 at 05:30 | Updated on April 28, 2018 at 05:30
Dallas Goedert, Niko Small
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The next Jason Witten?
On the day Jason Witten of Dallas Cowboys decided to pull out of the NFL, the Eagles could already have Witten 2.0.
"He has Jason Witten-like qualities, "said one scout. "People now think of Witten as an annual Pro Bowler, but he slipped into the draft (third round, 2003) .Goedert has the size, the athletic body control, the hands, he will improve as a blocker."  Although Witten and Goedert have some differences – Goedert is a better athlete, Witten is a better blocker – should the comparison excite the Eagles and their fans, they could have been 49th overall.
Goedert is expected to become the next Witten is a high-bar, but the comparison speaks for how high the Eagles new close end of spying in the 2018 NFL Draft was seen.
Pass-catching tight end
If you want to be an elite team in the NFL, you need to have a tight end that must take into account the opposing defense. Gone are the days when, in order to have an elitist end, you also had to block.
In today's NFL, Goedert tests all boxing as an elite tight-end perspective.
At 6ft-5 with 35 "arms – which are three inches longer than Zach Ertz's arms – Goedert has the size and athleticism to be a major factor in the passing game. Goedert finished last season with 59 catches for 958 yards, an average of 16.2 yards per catch.
For an Eagles team that loves to throw the ball across the middle of the field, Goedert should be able to intervene immediately.
Upgrade from Trey Burton?
The Eagles have both lost backups to Trey Burton and Brent Celek from their tight end room in this offseason, leaving a tight need for this team in the draft. Although they have already contracted veteran Richard Rodgers, he is only there for a year.
By using Goedert, the Eagles believe they have replaced Burton's role in the passing game in great time.
"He's a weapon for us, which I think we can use with some of the stuff you saw last year with Trey Burton and have him on the field with Zach (Ertz)," said Pederson. "It's exciting to have a player like this on our list."
Not only the Eagles replaced Burton, they also improved. Although Burton was productive with the Eagles, he did not have the size the Eagles – and most teams – wanted in their pass-catching tight targets. Goedert, on the other hand stands 6-foot-5 with long arms.
Goedert has the power and ability to make a bigger impact on Burton in passing.
Pairing Goedert with Zach Ertz
The Eagles already had the best close end in the NFL on their roster in Ertz. The decision to include Goedert in the roster should not change Ertz's role in the offensive and his goals.
If anything, the addition of Goedert Ertz should help.
The Eagles used a two-tail-end formation in 251 games last season. They had three close ends on the field for 71 games. Last season, when Ertz was in the field with either Burton or Celek, Ertz's defense had much more to worry about than the other two. If Goedert can reach his potential, that will not be the case if the Eagles have the duo together on the field – which is very much.