Zach Ertz, catching a pass during Stanford’s Pro Day last month, was chosen by the Eagles in the second round of the NFL draft Friday. The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Ertz said, ‘I was thrilled to see that Pennsylvania number pop up on my phone today and hear Coach (Chip) Kelly on the other end.’

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Tight end Zach Ertz, the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round pick, was among five draft choices to sign with the team Thursday.

The Eagles also signed safety Earl Wolff (fifth round), defensive end Joe Kruger (seventh), cornerback Jordan Poyer (seventh) and defensive end David King (seventh).

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The Eagles still have to sign tackle Lane Johnson (first round), defensive tackle Bennie Logan (third) and quarterback Matt Barkley (fourth), though they will all be participating in this weekend's rookie camp at the NovaCare Complex.

They are among 42 players scheduled to participate, including 19 players who are attending on a tryout basis. That group is led by former Eagles linebacker Chris Gocong, who is hoping to earn a roster spot after spending the last three years in Cleveland.

Gocong, 29, was the Eagles' third-round draft pick in 2006 and played four seasons for the Eagles before getting traded to the Browns. The 6-foot-2, 263-pounder started for the Browns in 2010-11, collecting 145 tackles and five and a half sacks. But he missed all of last season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during training camp.

New Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis knows Gocong very well, having served as the Browns' linebackers coach in 2011-12.


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