Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile on tight end Dallas Goedert out of South Dakota State University breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.
In this 2018 NFL Draft profile, we look at the 6’4” and 260-pound tight end Dallas Goedert who reminds us that small schools in small towns are only a matter of logistics. As there has been and are currently successful NFL stars with FCS Division I roots, who are and will remain our favorite players.
“He’s a true three-down tight end”, Goedert asserted about his idol Rob Gronkowski during a 2018 NFL combine interview. But the question here is can the same argument stand for the “South Dakota Savage” who demonstrates similar abilities of athleticism, in air adjustments, body control, and hand strength.
His middle of the field catches are the most exciting to watch and also appear to be where he feels most comfortable.
A one-handed catch with his left or his right, Goedart summons his basketball skills to snatch passes out of the air proving his statement on NFL.com’s Move the Sticks – “if I can touch it, I can catch it”. Successful in both inside and outside screen passes, Goedert‘s hand strength and ability to gain yards after contact, is always an advantage on third and long situations.
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Often relying on his athleticism and ability to out jump his defender proved successful on the FCS collegiate level.
But on the next stage, the concern is whether Goedert is willing to work harder creating the separation especially on the inside routes in tight coverages and double teams.
Also, there are times Goedert appears prone to stop moving after the end of the route as if in a standstill rather than continuing to create more options for a quarterback forced out of the pocket.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Goedert suffered a hamstring injury early in the Senior Bowl but expects to be dressed and ready to impress for his March 30th Pro Day. Don’t let the small school fool you. This former Jack Rabbit offers an impressive arsenal of benefits and upsides that only makes his future NFL home a much fiercer competitor on game day. Expect to see Goedert off the board by early second round.