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Celek An Excellent Value Pick From '07 Draft

Two years later, the Eagles struck gold once again when they nabbed tight end Brent Celek in the fifth round. The ability to select Celek started with a trade in the first round, one that sent the Eagles' first-round pick to Dallas for three later-round selections. The extra ammo allowed the Eagles to take a chance on Celek who has been a perfect fit for the Eagles offense.

In four seasons, Celek has 161 catches for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has another 24 catches for 235 yards and three scores in five postseason contests.

NFL.com's look at the drafts from 2004-08 pointed out that Celek went to the right team in the Eagles, one who would capitalize on Celek's pass-catching ability. Bucky Brooks called Celek "a gem" and a "dominant tight end" which is something you don't typically find in those later rounds. The Eagles realized Celek's value to the team and rewarded him with a six-year contract extension in 2009.

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