November 24, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins cornerback Sheldon Price (22) looks on as Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz (86) catches a pass in the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Bowl. Stanford won 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Former Stanford TE Zach Ertz Selected by Eagles 35th Overall

The Philadelphia Eagles selected former Stanford tight end Zach Ertz with the 35th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ironically, he will be coached by Chip Kelly, who was at the helm at Oregon when Ertz was at Stanford.

Even more ironically, Jim Harbaugh passed up the opportunity to select Ertz at No. 34, instead trading down with the Titans to 40th overall.

Earlier this month, our Stanford writer Joey Holland broke down Ertz:

Ertz was a truly dominant player at the college level. In 2012, he was a unanimous All-American, leading the nation’s tight ends with 69 catches for 898 yards. He also added 6 touchdown receptions.

At 6’5” and 249 pounds, he is a matchup nightmare for any safety or linebacker, especially in combination with his above-average speed and athleticism.

The former Cardinal standout has superb hands, regularly going up to grab the ball at its highest point over defenders. This makes him a valuable red zone target. Five of his six touchdowns in 2012 came within his opponents’ 20-yard line.

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