Eagles select tight end with 49th pick

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Mailata has never plated American football before, but the Eagles are taking a chance on him.

Goedert had 1,111 receiving yards in his senior season at SDSU.

Goedert also is a buddy of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who texted him shortly after the pick. The Philadelphia Eagles followed that blueprint, using their last pick in this year's draft on someone who has zero experience playing organized football.

"The first one was, 'Let's go, homie!' with sunglasses and a pound fist", Goedert said via conference call, drawing laughs.

After losing Trey Burton to the Chicago Bears in free agency, the Eagles stepped up in round two and got a player in South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert who many thought could be a first round pick at some point or another.

Despite drafting two corners a year ago, finding depth at the position was a need for this weekend, and the Eagles may have found the flawless addition in Avonte Maddox. That put them one spot ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, whose 11-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten is reportedly planning to retire.

"Rugby's such a get-up, get-down game, and playing that for 80 minutes is a lot for a 310-pound guy", Mailata told NFL.com recently. "To be able to play with him, it's going to be a lot of fun". "Little knowledge before I came in, but I can happily say now that I can understand concepts and a beginning to have a step in the right direction". If Goedert is as advertised, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson won't have any trouble finding a role for him.

Jarryd Hayne was the highest-profile NRL player to try his luck in the NFL, but he experienced only limited success with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring, going on to play rugby union sevens for Fiji and then returning to rugby league.

The Eagles had been impressed by the Australian's athleticism at his pro day where he ran an impressive 40-yard dash time of 5.12 seconds, the seventh best amongst all tackles in the draft class. Ending up with the Eagles wasn't almost as symbolic as it will be for Philly fans; i.e. Birds beat Cowboys to Dallas, in Arlington, the day of the draft.

Day 2 of the NFL Draft was all about the Philadelphia Eagles' offense.

The 21-year-old - recruited as an offensive tackle - is 2m tall and weighs 160kg, and despite never having played a game of National Football League before, his speed and agility for a man of his enormous size and strength made him an appealing package for Philly.

"We heard you in Philly a year ago. the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren't born".

Retzlaff, 86, still is one of the Eagles' all-time leading receivers. The Eagles gave up their fifth-round pick (pick 159) to make this move, but it was worth it for two reasons.

Mailata became the second global player drafted, following German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer, who was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round in 2016 but is now a free agent.

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