Eagles Pass On Geno, Select TE Zach Ertz

Geno Smith fell to the Eagles at 35. If they wanted him, they had him. They didn’t want him.

At least not as much as Stanford tight end Zach Ertz — the 6-5, 249-pounder out of Alamo, California.

“He’s a mismatch nightmare,” said Chip Kelly. “If you get him isolated on a defensive back it’s  very, very difficult to cover because of his size, but he’s also too athletic to put linebackers on.”

Kelly has seen the damage Ertz can do up close. He had 11 grabs for 106 yards against Oregon last season, including a game-tying touchdown late in regulation. Stanford won in overtime, handing the Ducks their only defeat of the season.

“Very smart player. A great route-runner. I think he’s a guy that will really give us a lot flexibility in terms of what we can do,” said Kelly. “I’ve always been a heavy tight end guy. We don’t play with a fullback. We really use that second tight end — and now a third tight end. He’ll go in with Brent Celek and James Casey and add to the mix of what we can do and present a lot of problems for people.”

Jacksonville selected Florida International safety John Cyprien with the first pick in the second round.  Tennessee then traded into the 34th slot (from San Francisco) and took Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.  The Eagles’ true feelings on the West Virginia signal-caller would be known.

Instead of selecting the man that Jeffrey Lurie traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia to check out, they went after arguably the second-best  prospect in what is considered a quality tight-end class.

Kelly wasn’t concerned about whether Smith was going to come off the board (he went 39th to the Jets) but rather whether Ertz would be there. The Niners seemed like a good fit. So did trade partner Tennessee, which just lost Jared Cook in free agency.

“He was at the top of our board,” said Kelly. “Honestly we didn’t think he would be there.”

Ertz caught 69 balls for 898 yards and six touchdowns last season. He started nine games during his time in Stanford, finishing with 112 grabs for 1,434 yards and 15 TDs.

Kelly wouldn’t say what grade the team had on Smith or the rest of the QBs, only that they are going by their board and taking the best available player.

“It’s  obviously a marquee position and gets a lot of notoriety but there’s also been some really good players picked,” said Kelly. “We thought of Zach as a first-round pick.”

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  • GEagle

    Very surprised with this pick. I don’t hate it at all…but it’s sucks to see the Titans trade one spot ahead of us, when we could have acquired an extra pick and took Kelce, Esco, or Vance….Welcome to Philly Mr. Ertz!! Hurry up and replace DUCKFACE Celek, who I’m sick of

    • Cyrus Robinson

      Feels like everybody is trying to trade ahead of the Eagles. Bunch of bock clockers…

      • GEagle

        What’s getting on my FOCKIn nerves is we aren’t trading back. the chargers just gave up 110th pick to move up…..My beef with Ertz has always been that he needed to be drafted about 10spots earlier than Esco,Kelce, Vance…and I don’t think there is so much separation between him and the rest, to not accept an extra 4th round pick, and take the TE still on the board….WTF, I want EXTRA PCKS!!!!

        Geno smith in New York? wow, that poor city is going to eat that poor kid alive!!

        Sanchez, Tebow, and Geno……GEEZ, I’d rath have Dennis Dixon than all 3 of them combined!!! The Dumb get Dumber…enjoy Marty! never thought I would actually feel bad for Jets fans

        • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

          Chip said we had zero calls to trade back.

          • Tom w

            Then niners are mad w us bc of gamble

          • GEagle

            Yeah but, ther HDTV be calls tonight….titans trade 1 spot ahead of us, and chargers trade 2 spots behind us…I’m happy with the quality of players that we took at the spots we chose them…I just would have liked to see some extra picks…I love the mid round talent in this draft..

          • Tom w

            Sorry I misspoke. Not niners. But why is everyone trading down around us but us. Did everyone know we wanted hunter? Is Howie getting greedy like has been said in yrs past? I’m comfused and a bit disappointed

        • FMWarner

          It takes two to tango. This draft doesn’t have a large dropoff in rounds 2 and 3…other teams aren’t idiots. Mostly.

          • GGeagle

            Titans? jets? Did you not see what happened a pick before us, and two after us?

          • FMWarner

            I’m sorry, I should have realized you had inside information that these trades were offered to the Eagles first.

          • GEagle

            You think a team just calls one team? They check around with all the teams in that vicinity to see what’s cheaper..apology accepted tho

        • GoBirds1

          There a reason why you are sitting in your mom’s basement and Chip Kelly is making $7 million a year!!!!!!!! Thats why he took Ertz and you would have traded back to take a lesser player and some scrub in the 4th.

          • Geagle

            if u only knew…..silly boy

    • Tom w

      Fine w pick. Bpa. But everyone is trading around us … Don’t know why we aren’t but is it possible Either our gm pissed of some teams or teams are boycotting chip for a yr. not happy.

      • Geagle

        Possibly…haven’t heard anything, but I certainly can’t rule it out for you..interesting theory

  • James Skip Carl

    Would love to see them trade Celek for a 6th or 7th round pick

    • GEagle

      amen….DUCKFACE has to go! He likes like the White CHONG LI from BLOODSPORT

      Wow, Mayock Roasted the Jets for taking Millner yesterday, and he just roasted Geno!! Hahaha

      • James Skip Carl

        Mayock ain’t like chucky and Kiper who think everyone is a Hall of Famer

        • GEagle

          That’s exactly why he should be respected…I’m telling you, I literally only listen to 3 analyst during draft time, Mayock, Cossel and Peter King…everyone else is a complete joke, that don’t watch film for themselves

          • Token

            You dont think Gruden watches film? When Gruden doesnt love you, you really must have shown nothing.

            Are you aware Jordan played 40% of snaps? I didnt know that before yesterday. So glad we dodged the Jordan and Geno bullets.

            Ertz was a good pick by the way. CK obviously wants to make his offense as crazy as he can in one offseason. Defense be damned.

          • Capt. Undapants

            Gruden is an idiot. Here’s a microcosm for you: he LOVES Justin Hunter and HATES Cordarrelle Patterson. I go to the University of Tennessee. I watched plenty of games. Cordarrelle has the better hands, better moves, and actually catches the ball. Going into games, we knew that Justin Hunter would drop his first one to two balls. Cordarrelle was hand down the better receiver last season. However, Johnny said that Hunter had was better in every way.

            No.

            Please keep in mind that I know those were two of the 250+ players that will be taken. It’s a microcosm.

          • Token

            They were saying on ESPN how they liked Hunter more also, not just Gruden. That he was the go to guy in the offense. Who knows.

          • GEagle

            I wouldn’t call Gruden a draft expert to tell you the truth…but yes, he certainly does Watch film…but wtf is the point in listening to someone that refuses to say anything bad about anyone, to keep all his future coaching doors open?

          • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

            He’s not going to be negative, but you can read between the lines with Gruden.

          • Token

            lol im not saying hes some great expert. Im saying he never ever says bad things about a player. So when someone is bad enough to make him do that, you have to notice it.

          • GEAGLE

            Oh ABSOLUTELY!!! if Gruden says something bad about you, you are either a criminal, or you probably slept with his wife

        • 1972

          Chucky didnt like dion jordan last night.. Bye celek, tough player but gets hurt too much and cost us too many games with dropped balls

      • theycallmerob

        harbor, not celek, is probably gone. big man, insulting a man’s looks from behind a keyboard. that has nothing to do with his play. he’s the least of this team’s problems.

        • GEagle

          Dude, how anal are you? Geez, it’s a friggin joke…smile!!!! Btw, I actually know Celek somewhat personally, so I will say whatever I want

          • GoBirds1

            Fantasizing to a poster taped to the ceiling above your bed does not mean you know someone ‘somewhat personally’.

          • Geagle

            dont you get tired hanging from my nuts and every word? silly boy……w should become facebook friends, so you can eat your words…hahahaha

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    So much offense man i dont understand it. Its looking more and more like hes going to do everything EXACTLY the same as Oregon. Him trying to pretend hes going to adjust scheme to personel is a joke.

    • GEagle

      relax…I’m a Defensive guy first and foremost…but let’s wait to judge the draft as a whole

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      What he did at Oregon worked pretty good. Plus I’m sure he’s going to use Shady and DeSean often. Why can’t he make his offense work with the personnel we have plus adding his own pieces? Plus most of the personnel we had before was flat out bad.

      We went 4-12 last year didn’t we?

    • FMWarner

      But almost every free agent was a defensive player. He’s not ignoring the defense. They signed those free agents so they were free to take the best player available instead of reaching for defense.

      • Tom w

        He is just saying we shoulda traded down and coulda gotten 3 other good tes. Pick is fine just not great w position depth

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    We EASILY could have traded down to the jets gotten more picks and still gotten Ertz. The whole world thought we were takin Geno at 35 this was just a bad overall move by management. Anyway you look at it we could have gotten more and we didnt

    • GEagle

      Yeah, I agree…we could have traded with the Titans, we could have traded with the Chargers….bad maneuvering, but not a bad player..

      Sober lining: we don’t have to talk about Manti or Geno anymore(I’m watching the draft on nfl network, and they would not stop talkin about those two)

    • Richard Colton

      its that easy huh? were the Jets calling? how do you know?

    • Tom w

      Huh. Gil Brandt thought geno. No one else. Hunter was more likely

    • GoBirds1

      There is something to be said to sitting in your spot, sticking to your board and drafting your guy. Look at the Steelers and the Giants, seemed to have worked out well for them… 8 SBs and counting.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Love this pick. Guy can line up anywhere, matchup nightmare. This offense is going to be fun to watch.

    Up next, defense. Lots of
    good players still on the board.

    • theycallmerob

      I hear you brother. Real excited so far. I’m guessing there’s a run on D the rest of the way. But the value for Johnson and Ertz was just too good, I can’t imagine Kelly saw him slipping this far. I”m stoked.

      • Richard Colton

        Outstanding value with both. 2 for 2, no head scratchers or reaches

        • theycallmerob

          Wise men have said that good offense is the best defense. And there Is greater depth on the defensive side of the ball in later rounds. And Chip’s pressers are great! And jerrah is also doing great! And I’ve been drinking simce 3!

          • Richard Colton

            little worried that all the guys we said we wanted them to draft in the 3rd and 4th round are already gone

          • theycallmerob

            S: swearinger, shamarko, thomas, wilcox, rambo, mcdonald, miles all still on board. CB : wreh-wilson, alford, webb, poyer, commings. Wealth of DL.

          • theycallmerob

            And as I type this…jenkins, j. williams, b. Williams., geathers and barnes all available as 5tech/nose

          • Richard Colton

            Swearinger gone. Another guy we wanted in 3rd
            I seriously thought we would get DJ at 67 and Kiko Alonso at 101.

          • theycallmerob

            Im really wondering, if some of these WRs are still on the board, Kelly might keep pushing the offense reconstruction with a goodwin, swope, or Rogers. This is so much fun. Football’s f$&king great

          • Richard Colton

            Terron Armstead is still out there. Does CK make a statement and go OT-TE-OT?

          • theycallmerob

            I’d rather Barrett jones if any OL

          • GEagle

            Brennan Williams, but I dig your FLEXABILITY….Quessenberry, but me thinks he will go to GB..btw, Lacey was a good pick for them, and the bengals are doing a nice Job….Texans used the 2 picks wisely…and I despise Andy Ried for taking Kelce…I hope Jason lines up on defense and. Punches his ill bro in the mouth on that Thursday night at the linc…yes I’m hating!!! Lol

            Btw, I just heard Kelce’s suspension was for drugs…anyone know anything about it?

          • Geagle

            I think there is a good chance of Goodwin,Swope,Ace…How is Da’rick as a blocker?

          • GEagle

            I woke up today thinking, Kiko in round 4 is a pipe dream..really really wanted him. I think he will be special…Quentarus,Buchanon, Cornelious,

          • GEagle

            BRANDON, JESSE and Brennan WILLIAMS!!! Lol

            Montari Hughes, Gaethers, McGee, Kruger, Luke Marquardt, Poyer(move to safety), SAnders Commings! We got options

          • borntosuffer

            Then we can get the guys that must be left with 1st and 2nd round grades since someone took the ones we had 3rd and 4th round grades on in the 1st and 2nd round. Right?

          • Richard Colton

            hahaha. we can dream.

          • Capt. Undapants

            I’m Kelly Green with envy, Rob.

  • GEagle

    Ertz: poor blocker, slow 40time, short arms….Good player inspight of all that, but so good to not trade back and AQUIRE an extra 4th rounder? Not so sure about that

    • Bdawk20

      We signed Casey to be the blocking TE

      • GEagle

        Casey is an Hback…this is a different position…since chip wants recievers who can block, I think it’s safe to say that the TE should block too…now I’m not saying he can’t become a good block, cuz wtf do I know…but I would have preferred our bad blocking TE to have long arms like Esco, so he can easier develope his blocking….We are running the ball around here, EVERYONE needs to block. Hopefully Ertz develops

  • Nicholas Disilvestro

    #birdgang

  • GEagle

    Wish we would trade a player and get a pick

  • GEagle

    At this point, I think the best we can hope for out of round 3 is Hankins, Jenkins, Swearinger, Jamie Collins…if any of them even last til round 3

    • Tom w

      Jenkins. I prefer Philip Thomas. How bout Jes Williams Alabama??? Or best corner

      • GEagle

        I like Jesse a lot…I just didn’t think he would last..Hankins, Swearinger, Collins all got drafted…and I think Kiko was one of the steals of the draft…hone badger will be a ram…I wouldn’t complain about Thomas

        btw, anyone know shady and Bryce 40time?

        I’m really hoping we trade a player soon to AQUIRE a pick

  • GEagle

    Can’t wait to see the dumb cowboys

    • GEagle

      Fuck! Eat crow, they just took Esco…I hope the Eagles draft Travis Kelce. I don’t care if we just took ertz

      • theycallmerob

        stop drinking. they just took a TE. Let him try to catch some balls while Romo’s running for his life.

        • Geagle

          Yeah but I’m really really pissed the Giants got Hankins,..Redskins can have Amerson

  • miked718

    Love this pick. This offense is going to be incredible to watch. Like the Pats on steroids. We won’t win the Super Bowl year 1 but just wait until next year when everyone is emulating Kelly’s offense and a TE is taken in the top 3.

  • MidwestEagle

    Enough with the “Pass on Geno” headlines . . . It’s downright laughable . . . Glorify who they select . . . NOT WHO THEY DON’T.

  • Beavis

    Regarding trading down, it takes two to tango. We have no idea what Philly was offered, if anything at all. They have a plan. Let’s trust they know what’s going on

    • Tom w

      I can see bc other teams made trades before and after us. Maybe those teams didn’t call us but Howie should’ve called them or more likely taken their offer and not get greedy

  • Capt. Undapants

    What ifs:

    What if the Iggs are going corner in the third round, Tyrann Mathieu as safety in the fourth? Just a what if…

    I really want Geagle’s input. Yes, I’m being completely serious.

    • theycallmerob

      I’d love secondary in 3rd. Joe Kruger in 4th

      • Richard Colton

        DJ Swearinger? Logan Ryan?

        • GEagle

          Wrong Logan lol

      • Tom w

        Yes! Best corner or dj or Phil Thomas and Kruger !

    • FMWarner

      I don’t want Tyrann Mathieu at any pick.

      • Capt. Undapants

        Why not? Dude makes plays. That much is undeniable.

    • Geagle

      ST alone makes him valuable for the 4th….Very small for safety. great football player, explosive athlete…Theoretically, it doesnt hurt to have a good dime corner either

  • 1942

    Weather celek stays or not, a 2nd round pick at te better be starting for a team that won 4 games last year.. hes bigger faster and has better hands.Thats all i need to know

    • Tom w

      They play both. Lots of plays w this offense. Need to trade somebody and get an extra 3 d

      • Geagle

        Yeah, we really need 3 above average to great TE’s…I def think there is a big chance of drafting another one in the 7th…the other kid from stanford, the tall one, and furia maybe

  • theycallmerob

    I’ve had enough beer that, if the Eagles were to draft Baccari, I would buy a Rambo jersey tonight

    • cliff henny

      wait, after reading first half, thought you were going to switch to rum

  • tyrone

    Dont like the ertz pick..we need a corner..don’t like prospects of Cary Williams as our top corner..#nightmares

    • cliff henny

      cb’s are deep, yes, we need at least 1. but a tight end to threaten middle of field, get safety to stop cheating over on dj and mac was vital.

    • Geagle

      I think Philly will absolutely love its two new starting corners, if Bradley doesnt suffer any knee setbacks. Obviously we cant just assume that he wont get injured, we need a back up…But its a depth need, not neccessarily a starter need, so I would hope that this prospect will be someone who can bring it on special teams as well…or a flexible guy like Poyer who can back up both Outside Corner and Free safety

  • GEagle

    Ooooh. I think Glennon for TB was a sneaky good pick. i think the Jets we our main comp for Dysert…maybe he falls to a round where he is too good to refuse. The mobile Nick Foles…

  • Geagle

    I dont mean to sound insensative..so let me preclude this by saying my little brother just got back from fighting in AFghanistan, and I have a handicapped cousin who I adore…But I ABSOLUTELY HATE how all these non football people are part of the Nfl draft…It drives me crazy.. I can barely stand the former players presenting, now all this extra non football stuff, there is a time and place for everything..I dont want football diluted in anyway. This is the last football we get til august.. the commisioner, hugging prospects for like 5 seconds, rocking back and fourth, holding them ever so gentily…..Focking Creep! shake hands, welcome them to the league and go about your business. A little too sandusky-ish for my taste. Radio host today said it perfectly…How doesnt one of Goodell’s advisors tell him to IX-Nay on the Ugging-nay…WTF happened to the NFL draft?
    All I want is a simple announcement, Highlites, a few interviews, and NO ONE talking but Mayock!!!!

  • Geagle

    Holy Hell…anyone listening to the HoneyBadger interview? Did he drop the tree in favor of downers? This kid should never do an interview again…lol I never heard him speak before. Geez man

    • cliff henny

      not smart, but they arent doing algerbaic equations at mid-field

  • Geagle

    I really hope we dont fall for the Nassib, Barkely, Scott, trap….If they have to take a QB let it be Landry Jones or Dysert, or Jordan Rodgers as a developmental guy in the 7th….If Nassib and Barkely werent good enough to be drafted 4th, then I dont want them after they slid and fell past a dozen QB desperate teams…The niners have to take a backup for Kap..no?

    • cliff henny

      trent dilfer made bold statement he thinks scott could be game 1 starter. not sure about that, but appreciated the boldness

      • Geagle

        jjaws said he had bad workout for us…whatever thats worth

  • Geagle

    Guess Maclin isnt going anywhere…cole, avant arent out of the woods yet

    • cliff henny

      celek too. curry might be safe.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Of course, it will take two years to discover if these picks are any good or not. But it seems to me that these are decent choices that will help this team rebuild. Because like it or not, the realistic goal now is to become competitive again, which they sure weren’t last season. Go Eags!

  • takeo

    An early second for what will be our n.3 TE…
    No matter the player value, I think the team would have been better going in other directions (especially picking help for our depleted secondary)