After long wait, Eagles draft 'exciting' tight end in Dallas Goedert

Annette Crawford
April 29, 2018

This wasn't what Sweat would have envisioned in 2014, when he was the top recruit in the country and already being talked about as a three-and-done, first-round draft pick. However, with his massive size (6-foot-8, 346 pounds), and strength, the Eagles had nothing to lose with a selection like this since Mailata looks like he's going to be an absolute beast at the National Football League level.

The Rabbitohs' NYC giant played in the NRL's under 20s competiton past year, scoring eight tries in 12 appearances in short bursts off the bench.

The Eagles made arrangements for Mailata to take a pre-draft visit to their facility. They wanted to market Mailata to other rugby clubs in hopes of sparking them to sign him so he can elevate his game.

Maddox was an impact player for the Panthers beginning with his true freshman year, when he nabbed a starting cornerback job with five games left in the 2014 season and never looked back.

Philadelphia sent the 32nd overall pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 132) to Baltimore for No. 52, a fourth-round pick Saturday plus a 2019 second-round pick.

"We're really excited about him and his fit as a player and as a person for our program", Roseman said.

Goedert, a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the outstanding offensive player at the FCS level, said coaches told him they believe he can quickly transition to the NFL. The 6-5, 260-pound Goedert caught 72 passes for 1,111 yards last season and had 198 catches for 2,988 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career.

The addition of Sweat plus free agents Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata strengthens a line that already features Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Tim Jernigan, Chris Long and Derek Barnett.

"It's exciting thinking about the matchups", Roseman said. "We're excited about that".

The Eagles trade up from pick No. 250 to pick No. 233 to select Mailata. "That's what you have to do to play it".

"It's insane", Goedert said.

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