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SDSU's Goedert picked by defending champion Eagles

South Dakota State University's Dallas Goedert runs with the ball during the Jackrabbits' game against Illinois State on Nov. 11, 2017 at Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dallas Goedert is heading to the defending champions.

The Britton native and standout South Dakota State University tight end was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 49th pick Friday in the National Football League draft, going in the second round.

The Eagles traded to pick No. 49 to grab the 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end, giving up picks in the second and fifth rounds to move up from the 52nd pick to grab the Jackrabbit.

Coincidentally, Goedert has drawn comparisons to current Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who also stands at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, went in the second round in 2013 and caught the go-ahead touchdown in February’s Super Bowl win over New England.

Goedert finished his career in Brookings as a two-time first-team All-American and hauled in 198 catches with 2,988 yards and 21 career touchdown catches. He finished his senior season with 72 catches and 1,111 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The receiving total led all Division I tight ends in both the FBS and FCS divisions in 2017.

It marks the third straight draft Philadelphia has selected a player with Dakota connections. The Eagles are quarterbacked by former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz — the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 — and have Sioux Falls native and former University of Nebraska safety Nate Gerry in their defensive back corps, a fifth-round pick in 2017.

Goedert was the third tight end off the board, following South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst, who went 25th to Baltimore in Thursday’s first round. Miami took Mike Gesicki, of Penn State, with the 42nd overall pick.

Goedert’s route to the draft included joining the Jackrabbits as a walk-on out of Britton-Hecla high school. His college career took off in 2015, when he earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection and he exploded as a junior, catching a school-record 92 passes and gaining 1,293 receiving yards in 2016.

With the pick Friday, Goedert is only the second player in Jackrabbit history to go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. He joins Lynn Boden, who was picked as an offensive lineman 13th overall by Detroit in 1975. He is SDSU’s first draft pick in any round since 2010.  

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