Sal Pal Loves The Zach Ertz Pick; Compares Him To Gronk
5/1/2013 11:30:00 AM
ESPN’s preeminent football reporter, Sal Paolantonio, is no stranger to making bold statements. Something he said yesterday during his normal Tuesday afternoon 5:15 appearance on the Mike Missanelli Show might have been his boldest yet.
“I think that Zach Ertz is the next Rob Gronkowski.”
That’s a big time statement.
There are certainly some similarities; both have nice size (Gronk is 6-foot-6, 264 pounds while Ertz is 6-foot-5, 249 pounds), both played in the Pac-10/Pac-12 (Gronk at Arizona and Ertz at Stanford) and they both had productive college careers (Gronk caught 75 balls for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns in two years while Ertz caught 112 balls for 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns with 69 of those catches coming last season).
“I love Zach Ertz. I think Zach Ertz is an absolute homerun of a pick. I think it’s brilliant,” Sal Pal said. “He may even be more athletic than Gronkowski. He has terrific hands and can move just as well. Love him.”
The man himself joined the program 15 minutes later and talked about how he thinks he’ll be used by Chip Kelly this season.
“At Stanford I was used all over the field whether it was out wide or in the slot or as a true tight end. I think Coach Kelly is going to do the same thing. He’s a great offensive mind so he’s going to put all of his players in a situation to be successful.
“We have rookie minicamp coming up here in a week and a half so I’m just really looking forward to getting out there.”
Ertz is a West Coast guy through and through as he was born in Orange, CA and went to school in Paolo Alto. Football is taken just a tad bit more seriously on the east coast, especially in the northeast corridor but the second round draft pick assured Mike that he is ready to perform for the Philadelphia fan base.
“At the end of the day, all I want to do is win. All the Eagles fans want to do is win. I want to bring a Super Bowl home to Philadelphia. I think at the end of the day we have the same goal.”
There are plenty of things to like about Ertz but being compared to one of the great tight ends in the game before playing a down of NFL football is a tall order.