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Gauging Eagles' direction in draft not easy

4/16/2014

The Philadelphia Eagles proved to be unpredictable in last season’s NFL draft.

Especially in the second round when they selected Stanford tight end Zach Ertz.

Tight end didn’t appear to be a glaring need with Brent Celek as the starter, but the Eagles went ahead and selected Ertz with the third pick of the second round. By the way, the Eagles also had added James Casey in free agency, so the selection of Ertz was even more surprising considering the needs on defense.

It’s an interesting thing to watch as the 2014 draft inches closer.

The Eagles have needs at a number of positions such as wide receiver and linebacker, but anything is possible. Drafting Ertz is certainly proof of that fact.

Celek remained the starter, but he caught just 32 passes -- the fewest for him since becoming the top option in 2009. Celek started 16 of the Eagles’ 17 games, which included the divisional playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Casey wasn’t utilized all that much yet he was solid on special teams.

Ertz wound up with 36 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns and proved his mettle more and more as the season continued.

But just because the Eagles have certain needs in the draft doesn’t mean they’ll go that way. General manager Howie Roseman made that abundantly clear last year.