Eagles draft picks who became the cream of the crop: 2013

We’re officially only six days away from what could be a very monumental draft for the Eagles and a necessary distraction for their fans! We’ve covered the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 classes so far in our series recapping the gems of the team’s recent drafting treasures. All of the choices have been relatively easy to make, but the road begins to wind with the 2013 class.

This one has to be the hardest because the Eagles drafted two franchise cornerstones. At the 4th overall pick, they selected Lane Johnson to be the franchise right tackle but at the 35th overall pick, they selected tight end, Zach Ertz.

So with that being said, I hope you can agree, Zach Ertz is our latest cream of the crop. Ertz has been the only constant weapon in an offense that has gone through many changes since 2013. He’s grown to be not only a leader in the locker room but a franchise-changing player.

It was Zach who scored the game-changing touchdown for the Eagles in their lone Super Bowl win. It was also him who broke the all-time record for receptions in a season by a tight end. Ertz hasn’t had less than 800 receiving yards since 2014 and hasn’t had less than 70 receptions in each of those seasons.

Ertz is currently 5th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list with 5,743 receding yards. He and Brent Celek are the only two tight ends in the top 10 for the Eagles all-time receiving yard leaders.

Last season, the Eagles saw their main offensive target go down with a lacerated kidney and broken ribs against the Cowboys but he later returned for them in playoffs against the Seahawks.

Now entering his 8th season, Ertz will look to continue his journey to becoming one of the greatest tight ends to play the game of football. His relationship with Wentz has truly helped both players continue to grow in an ever-changing league. What do you think the 2020 season will hold for Zach Ertz?

Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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