Losing Trey Burton to the Chicago Bears in free agency isn’t great. The Philly Special will forever live in our minds, but it’s time to address the tight end position in the latter rounds of the upcoming draft. Taking Troy Fumagalli out of Wisconsin at No. 169 could absolutely be in play here.
Fumagalli is 6-foot-5, 247 pounds. In four years with the Badgers, Fumagalli had 135 receptions for 1,627 yards and seven touchdowns. He may not have the throwing ability of Burton, but Fumagalli showed in college that he can be a reliable pass catcher.
Receiver is a secondary need for the Eagles. Given that there are plenty of receivers available in the back-end of the draft, Philadelphia could go with a guy like Jake Wieneke out of South Dakota State. The guy put up ridiculous stats collegiately. He went over 1,000 receiving yards in three of his four seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Wieneke is a big target at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds. He has 33-inch arms and 9 7/8 inch hands. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Wieneke ran a 4.67 40-yard dash, but only put up nine reps at 225 on the bench press. Overall, Wieneke is a fringe NFL prospect, but could thrive in the right offensive system as a possession receiver, presumably in the slot where he could get favorable matchups.
Wait, what? The Eagles are going to draft Jason Kelce’s replacement? No, not exactly, but Coleman Shelton out of Washington could be a good get for the Eagles at No. 250 in the seventh round. He’s even got the mad flow we’ve seen out of Kelce, just not the luscious beard.
Shelton was an instrumental piece along the Huskies’ offensive line during their return to greatness under head coach Chris Petersen. From Petersen to Doug Pederson, this one just seems to good of a fit to not work out. Eagles continue to add undervalued players to help on their offensive line throughout the draft.