Everything you need to know about Zach Ertz and Bennie Logan
In the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the draft, the Eagles selected TE Zach Ertz and DT Bennie Logan.
Who is Zach Ertz?
The Eagles continued to focus on the offensive side of the ball with their 2nd round pick, selecting Stanford tight end Zach Ertz with the 35th overall pick. Unlike 1st rounder Lane Johnson, who was perhaps the most athletic offensive tackle in the whole draft, Ertz is far from the most athletic player at his position. Hell, at the combine he ran slower and jumped lower than Johnson despite weighing 50 fewer pounds.
Some very “meh” draft combine numbers for you:
40 Yard Dash: 4.78 seconds, 9th
Bench Press: 24 reps, 2nd
Vertical Leap: 30.5″, t-13th
Broad Jump: 9’3″, 13th
3-Cone Drill: 7.08 seconds, t-3rd
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.47 seconds, 8th
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.92 seconds, 7th
Not impressive. So what does Ertz have going for him?
Number one, he certainly qualifies as a “long” player. At 6’5″ with 32″ long arms, Ertz fits the profile with ideal size for a Chip Kelly team. Despite getting some knocks from draftnicks for unpolished blocking technique, he’s certainly got the tools to develop into a good blocker at the pro level.
Number two, and more importantly, Ertz flat out produced in college. After Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener left Stanford to enter the draft last season, Ertz stepped up to the plate. His 898 receiving yards was 5th most in the Pac-12 conference, best among tight ends.
But can be play football?
Sure looks like it.
For his size Ertz is a very shifty route runner, and this is the primary way he’ll create separation. He should be a mismatch in the passing game for most linebackers. You shouldn’t expect him to burn anybody at the pro level, though he might juke a guy out of his socks every once in a while. Ertz has good hands and figures to be a solid possession target. If the Eagles didn’t already have Brent Celek, Philly might not have been the best fit, but with Big Brent drawing attention from the opposition’s safeties or best cover linebacker, Ertz should be able to take advantage of weaker match-ups. Look for red zone packages with Ertz, Celek, and free agent acquisition James Casey all on the field together.
Who is Bennie Logan?
Logan was an anchor on the defensive line for LSU’s ridiculously stingy defense. The 310+ lb defensive tackle is 6’2″ with exceptionally long 34″ arms, and seems best suited as a run-stuffing nose tackle in the 3-4 alignments the Eagles’ new hybrid defense will run this season. Logan wasn’t a notable combine performer, nor did he put up a lot of numbers in college (38 solo tackles, 12.5 for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles over the last two seasons), but he’d been discussed as a possible 2nd round pick so the top of the 3rd isn’t exactly a surprise. What is impressive, however, is how the team played around him. LSU allowed an average of just 3.o yards per carry in 2012.
But can he play football?
Logan isn’t particularly quick or explosive off of the line, but at his size, if he were quicker, he would have gone in the 1st round. Logan might develop into a Mike Patterson-like run stuffer that can soak up two blockers and allow the linebackers to make plays. His long arms allow him get the first push against guards and centers, and also give him exceptional reach when trying to slow down a running back who is cutting through his gap. Considering that the Eagles only have veteran placeholder Isaac Sopoaga playing nose tackle at the moment, Logan figures to see the field a lot in his rookie season.