Dallas Cowboys: The Philadelphia Eagles did not troll the Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones applauds during warm ups before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers at AT
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones applauds during warm ups before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers at AT /

The Dallas Cowboys are pretty happy with their 2018 NFL Draft haul. While the Eagles attempt at trolling Dallas left them with more questions than answers.

There has been a recurring theme over the past few days, the Philadelphia Eagles trolled the Dallas Cowboys by trading one spot ahead of them to select tight end Dallas Goddert. For the non-football fanatics, this story spread like wildfire, even though there is not an ounce of truth to it. This goes to show that no matter what, the media will attempt to spin anything these days.

The Dallas Cowboys were rolling in the second round after they had just selected linebacker Leighton Vander Esch on the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft. During day two plenty of needs still had to be addressed and tight end, honestly, was not one of them. The Cowboys had the 50th pick in the second round and seemed set on waiting for their turn as opposed to trading up.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the 49th spot to make a rather puzzling decision. Mind you this was the Eagles first selection during the draft as they traded out of the first round. Philadelphia sent out former kicker David Ackers to troll Cowboy fans (the draft was held in Dallas) in the worst way possible.

If I were the Super Bowl champion, Philadelphia Eagles, who just won their first Super Bowl, ever, I would not send out a player/representative who had nothing to do with that success. Ackers never won anything and was barely on the field during all of the epic clashes these two teams had during his time in the NFL.

Now obviously this was a response to Dallas Cowboy legend, Drew Pearson trolling the crowd a little bit in Philadelphia, however, Pearson is a legit legend, not a kicker who never won a title. But I digress, after the trolling, the Eagles former kicker read a name that was supposed to strike pain into the heart of the Cowboys organization and their fans, but the name we heard was that of tight end Dallas Goedert.

I don’t think I have ever laughed harder at a pick in my life, with so many needs on both sides of the football the Eagles managed to bungle their first pick. Goedert is a fantastic tight end, but he is not the next Rob Gronkowski or even Zach Ertz for that matter. The funniest part was watching the Cowboys war room, they did not flinch.

You know why? The Dallas Cowboys were never picking a tight end that high, ever, regardless of what happens with Jason Witten (who has not yet retired by the way). The name I believe most of Cowboy Nation was fearful of was that of Derrius Guice, a player who was projected as the second-best running back in the draft.

I was also nervous about the wide receiver position as so many quality players were left on the board. Did the Eagles jump Dallas for D.J. Chark, James Washington, Anthony Miller, or Michael Gallup? Nope, just a tight end as your first pick in the draft, nice.

Connor Williams the offensive lineman the Cowboys picked at 50 is easily one of the best players in this draft class. For a team that saw their franchise quarterback tear his ACL, you would think that the Eagles would want to invest in protecting Carson Wentz. Nope, they just wanted to be scamps and troll Dallas, by picking Dallas Goedert.

Why because his name is Dallas? Fun fact, do you know why his name is Dallas because his family are rampant Cowboy fans. In one fell swoop, the Eagles made a giant misstep that they seem rather proud of. You could argue that wide receiver is a much greater need in Philadelphia as Mike Wallace is set to be a free agent in 2019 and a compliment to Alshon Jeffery is needed.

Ertz just signed a five-year extension that pays him $42.5 million, when is he coming off of the field? Connor Williams was actually the best player on the board, and the Eagles could have done a better job trolling Dallas if they took him and made the Cowboys strength their own, the offensive line. 

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Instead, they took a luxury pick as their first selection of the draft and did little to better their football team. Their best pick of the draft was defensive end Josh Sweat but even he will struggle to get reps while Philly’s defensive line is so strong. The team ended the draft with two offensive tackles, which clearly shows a glaring need along the offensive line.

The one position the Eagles should have focused on is guard because they only have a patchwork of journeymen and young players at that position. Instead, they reached and got burned. If the Eagles landed their next three down back in Guice or a complimentary wide receiver, it would have made the Super Bowl champions stronger. This move only reminded everyone, why they only have one, and the Dallas Cowboys have five.

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The Cowboys found four starters in the 2018 NFL draft, and after some reflection, I could not be happier with the outcome and I am sure the front office feels the same way.