With the 35th overall pick, the third selection in the second round, the Eagles continued to fortify the offense with the selection of tight end Zach Ertz. A Stanford product, Ertz, 22, is the second tight end selected in this year's draft. The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Ertz had a standout season as a redshirt junior in 2012, leading the Cardinal with 69 catches for 898 yards and six touchdowns. In the process, he earned first-team All-Pac 12 and All-American honors.
Here's the scouting report on Ertz, courtesy of Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net.
Positive: Complete tight end with an NFL-ready game. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, sells pass routes, and extends his hands, offering the quarterback a big target. Makes receptions away from his frame. Has a strong, sturdy build and takes a pounding but holds onto the ball. Effectively uses his hands to separate from opponents, stays low exiting breaks, and positions himself to make receptions. Settles into the open space of the defense. Consistently catches the ball with his hands, making a lot of difficult and athletic receptions. Plays with solid fundamentals, displays good blocking strength, and easily opens up running lanes on the line of scrimmage. Displays good focus, plays intelligent football, and gives consistent effort.
Negative: Does not have true breakaway or vertical speed. Occasionally drops some catchable throws. Overextends into blocks and does not show good playing balance.
Analysis: Ertz did a terrific job taking over for Coby Fleener last season and is a three-down tight end proficient as a pass catcher and blocker. He lacks great upside but could quickly start and have a long, productive NFL career.
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