With the 34th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles snagged Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. I really like this pickup for the Eagles.
Incumbent veteran starter Brent Celek struggled with drop balls last season and it has been a chore for him to stay healthy the past couple of seasons. Celek is still a solid pass catching tight end but Ertz is slightly bigger and stronger and does not have issues with dropping the ball.
Celek has a step Ertz in terms of speed and getting down the field but Ertz is the better route runner and uses that to make up for his lack of straight line speed.
Look for Ertz to challenge for the starting job out of the gate. His selection could mean the end of Clay Harbor in Philly or Celek could be shown the door in an effort to save some money.
The 2013 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and it is time to discuss post-free agency pre-draft team needs on offense. The team is pretty well set at the skill positions for the time being with Pro Bowl talent at both the running back and wide receiver positions. The Tight End position could use an elite level talent and the offensive line needs to be re-stocked with younger players who could potentially step in and play right away if need be. The looming question, without a real long term solution at QB in the fold, is there a QB in this draft that Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur are enamored with enough to spend the 4th overall pick on him.
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