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Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest pick for Eagles would create matchup headache for NFL

In his latest mock draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has the Philadelphia Eagles taking a big talent from an under-the-radar Dakota school in the first round.

Sound familiar?

This time, the school is South Dakota State, and the player is Dallas Goedert. He's a 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end who averaged 82 catches, 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns over his past two seasons with the Jackrabbits. He compiled quite a highlight reel along the way filled with one-handed grabs, broken tackles and long touchdown streaks down the sideline.

He has more in common with quarterback Carson Wentz than their dominance on the FCS level; they're also both represented by Ryan Tollner and Rep1 Sports. The agency came across Goedert while scouting Wentz at North Dakota State, making Wentz the gift that keeps on giving. Goedert came into his own his junior year, posting 92 catches for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. He now has a real chance of being a Day 1 pick.

A comp being used for Goedert is Zach Ertz, who just so happens to be the Eagles' primary tight end and one of Wentz's favorite targets. Ertz had 74 grabs for 824 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season and also scored the game-deciding touchdown late against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The tight end position needs bolstering despite the presence of Ertz, as the Eagles released Brent Celek and lost Trey Burton to the Chicago Bears in free agency this offseason.

The addition of Goedert would present yet another matchup problem for defenses already struggling to contain coach Doug Pederson's attack. There would be no great answers for how to account for a pair of tight ends with that kind of ability. Add receivers Alshon Jeffery, Mike Wallace and Nelson Agholor into the mix, and you're talking about some real firepower.

There are questions that go along with this: Will Goedert be there? With not many wide receivers projected to go early -- Kiper has two in the first round in his latest mock -- there's a theory that tight ends might be pushed up the board. And would the Eagles be served with more of a blocking tight end to complement Ertz, rather than bringing in someone with a similar skill set?

Those questions will be sorted out between now and in late April. In the meantime, the Goedert-Eagles pairing is a fun one to think about.