The Philadelphia Eagles rocked the draft, trading their #18 overall pick to Tennessee for stud wide receiver A.J. Brown, and paid him handsomely. Given that Brown gives them a pass-catching corps of DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Brown, and various running backs, they didn’t really spend up for fantasy football-eligible talent in this draft. In fact, they took just one player: tight end Grant Calcaterra out of SMU, and they took him with their last pick in the draft. What can we expect from Grant Calcaterra in his rookie year? Hint: not a lot!
FULL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES DRAFT RESULTS
Round 6, Pick 198 Overall: Grant Calcaterra, Tight End, SMU (6’4” 241 lbs)
TE1: Dallas Goedert
TE2: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
TE3: Grant Calcaterra
Calcaterra is athletic and has decent receiving skills, but nothing too exciting. He profiles a lot like Vance McDonald to me; a guy who can’t fully take advantage of his athleticism against man coverage, but uses every bit of it to find the holes in zones. But, unlike Vance McDonald, he can actually catch the football. He’s an iffy blocker (that’s code for not very good). His biggest red flag is that he retired from football due to concussions in 2020 and returned to college football in 2021.
My guess is that the Eagles spend 2022 letting Calcaterra put some distance between him and his concussions, giving him some additional wiggle room should he suffer another one. They’ll also let him work against physical defenders to try to up his skills against man coverage and when blocking, both things he needs to work on in spades.
2021 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK
I doubt Calcaterra makes it off the practice squad this year as an organizational decision. If he makes the game-day roster, I doubt he gets enough targets to matter.