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Philadelphia Eagles Draft Breakdown – TE Zach Ertz

May 6th, 2013 at 7:10 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Tight End Zach Ertz out of Stanford in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ertz was ranked as one of the top Tight Ends in the draft so he is sure to bring a lot to the table with the Eagles.

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As a junior in college, Ertz became the go-to Tight End at Stanford. At the end of the season, Ertz had 898 yards and six touchdowns on 69 catches, leading most of the receiving categories for the team. 

Ertz is a Tight End who not only can block, but is fast enough to break away from defenses and get open. His NFL Draft Profile says he added 30 pounds after he arrived at Stanford. The extra bulk and muscle surely helped him thrive as a Tight End. Ertz also has great vision and looks for the soft areas in defenses in order to get even more yards after the catch.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is going to have an easy time getting Ertz some playing time as he as experience lining up in three different positions: in-line, in the slot, and out wide. Kelly now has the opportunity to do the same thing Bill Belichick did with the New England Patriots in creating the "two-headed monster" with the Tight Ends. Ertz is already second on the depth chart behind Pro Bowler Brent Celek. Having Ertz and Celek on the field together could create a great opportunity for the Eagles offense. It would also wreak havoc on defenses that try to stop both. 

It would certainly be a great idea to try and replicate what the Patriots did, especially since Kelly basically created their offense. It's going to be interesting to see what Kelly does with two Tight Ends. Right now it's a waiting game until training camp starts so everyone can see some more of what Kelly has been busy creating. If everything falls into place and goes exactly how Kelly wants it to, Eagles fans could be in for a show this season with our Tight Ends and Wide Receivers combined.


Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Brent Celek, Chip Kelly, Football, NFL, Offense, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Stanford, Tight End, Zach Ertz

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