PHILADELPHIA EA­GLES

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC EAST -

Grade: B

Con­sid­er­ing some of the 2018 draft chips the Ea­gles used to add play­ers else­where, in­clud­ing their sec­ond-rounder to Cleve­land in the Car­son Wentz deal in 2016, GM Howie Rose­man came away with sev­eral bar­gains even af­ter trad­ing out of the first round. Teams that shied away from Goed­ert’s small-school ré­sumé opened the door for Rose­man to gut­punch the Cow­boys, deal­ing one spot ahead of Dal­las to land the premier tight end in this draft. The picks mined in the fourth round could be pure gold, par­tic­u­larly Sweat, who adds to the Ea­gles’ bounty of edge op­tions. One of those, Michael Ben­nett, was ac­quired for Philly’s fifth-round pick.

Best pick

Dal­las Goed­ert is an­other weapon for Wentz and chess piece for formations wizard Doug Ped­er­son. With Al­shon Jef­fery, Zach Ertz and Goed­ert, the Ea­gles might not lose a jump ball all sea­son.

Up­side pick

Jor­dan Mailata, at 20 years old, has never played Amer­i­can foot­ball, so the Ea­gles are no-risk gam­bling on his in­cred­i­ble size, phys­i­cal makeup and ath­letic pro­file. He has 351⁄ 2- inch arms and played pro­fes­sional rugby in Aus­tralia.

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