In the last couple of weeks, trade rumors were floating around about the Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz. This was before he suffered the ankle injury that put him on IR. With that being said, could we possibly see the last of Ertz in an Eagles uniform?
Over the last few seasons, we have seen Ertz’s catches & yards dwindle from the incredible 2018 season. Perhaps it’s time to move on and run with Dallas Goedert who the Eagles selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. When looking for the next duo of receiving tight ends, we look at a division II prospect for the 2021 NFL draft.
The highly regarded Zach Davidson of Central Missouri, a specimen of an individual at 6’7 and 245-pounds. The redshirt senior is out of Webb City, Missouri, and has had a great career so far for the Mules. In the 2019 season, Zach had 40 receptions for 894 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 22.4 yards per catch. Another unique aspect that he brings is Zach is also a punter with 137 career attempts for 5,812 yards, 42.2 avg, 15 touchbacks, 48 inside the 20, and 29 50+ yard punts. To say he is a one of a kind prospect is an understatement.
What he does best is he has great route running with smooth breaks in his routes. His attention to detail is very superb, it’s hard not to get impressed by it. His yards after the catch is one of the things that would make him and Goedert a dynamic duo with both being excellent receiving tight ends. Wentz would have two safety values which would be a blessing for him, due to the injury bug always hitting the wide receiving core it seems for the Eagles. There is a lot of potential in Davidson, and I think Philadelphia can tab into it.
Zach has multiple awards as well, as in 2019 he was a unanimous division II All-American & All-MIAA First Team. He represented the Mules as one of the best players in all of division II last year as only a junior. In 2021, Davidson will hope to have continued success for his draft stock to continue to rise.
Zach Davidson might be one of the small school players on Howie’s draft board come the 2021 Draft. I would project him to be selected anywhere from as high as the middle of the 4th round to as late as the 6th round.