As we continue our offseason coverage, today we’ll take a look at some of the best tight ends in Philadelphia Eagles’ history. Here are the top three tight ends ever drafted by the team.
3. Charle Young
The sixth overall pick in the 1973 draft, Young had a solid career in Philadelphia.
Young had a stellar rookie season in 1973, catching 55 passes for 854 yards and six touchdowns. His next two campaigns would feature seasons of 650+ receiving yards, before a slight decline in 1976.
In four seasons, he was twice named an All-Pro and went to three Pro Bowls as well.
Young left the Eagles after the 1976 season. He would continue his playing career until 1985, and would win a Super Bowl as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
2. Brent Celek
His career in Eagles green may not be over just yet, but Celek has already worked his way onto the list.
Drafted in the fifth round by the Birds in 2007, Celek spent the first two years of his career stuck behind the underachieving L.J. Smith. It wasn’t until 2009 when Celek was able to break out of his shell.
That year, he recorded 971 receiving yards and caught eight touchdown passes. He signed a contract extension after the season, which he’s still playing under. It keeps him in Philadelphia until 2016.
While Celek has never made a Pro Bowl, his numbers and team worth prove to be far more impressive. He’s accumulated nearly 4,000 receiving yards in seven seasons, becoming one of the better tight ends in the league.
1. Keith Jackson
The Eagles drafted Jackson with their first round pick in 1988. The 13th player off the board, the Eagles received a pretty solid return on their investment.
Jackson’s career started off pretty well. As a rookie in 1988, he set the franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie with 869. Not only was he invited to the Pro Bowl, but he was named a first-team All-Pro as well.
The next two seasons would produce similar results, with Jackson going to the Prow Bowl and being the top player as his position.
In his four years in Philadelphia, Jackson caught 242 passes for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns. He would go on to spend five more years in the league — three in Miami and two in Green Bay — where he again made two Pro Bowls.
Jackson currently works as a color commentator for Arkansas Razorbacks’ football broadcasts.