By: Willie Lovato
- Offensive weapon
- Good hands
- Body control/adjustment
- Redzone weapon
- Yards after the catch
- Fluid hips
Offensive weapon - These two words can sum up Dallas Goedert for multiple reasons. His size (6'5", 255 lbs) and athleticism made him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Over his last two seasons as a South Dakota State Jackrabbit, Goedert recorded 164 receptions, 2,404 receiving yards, and 18 touchdowns. That included 13 100+ yards games and a 14.7 yard per catch average.
Blocking - You can find just as many blocking highlights as pass-catching highlights when evaluating Goedert's tape. Although he didn't always take on the biggest and fastest players in college football, he showed great technique at the point of attack and showed flashes of pure domination as a blocker. Goedert appeared to benefit from adding a little bit of weight in 2017, specifically in the run blocking department.
Versatility - This is what makes Goedert my #1 tight end in this class. Entering the league with the ability to affect the offense both as a pass-catcher and blocker should lead to him finding the field early. Goedert is not just another big body that can make a couple big possession catches. This is a player that will demand attention in the middle of the field due to his ability to produce in the passing game.
Good hands - Film study on tight ends can get somewhat boring at times. This is definitely not the case with Dallas Goedert. The only challenge for this trait was trying to narrow down which clips I wanted to use to showcase his great hands. Goedert does a great job of catching the ball with his hands away from his frame. This lead to him hauling in 76.6% of his 77 targets in 2017. Goedert's hands combined with his ability to make adjustments to off-target passes led to a lot of spectacular catches.
Red zone weapon - Goedert will provide an immideate mismatch weapon in the red zone. His athleticism makes him tough for linebackers to cover while his size and ball skills pose problems for defensive backs to deal with.
Yards after the catch - His tape didn't show elite speed to pick up yards after the catch, rather fluid hips and adequate lateral quickness to pick up yardage after hauling in a pass.
- Production vs. Competition
- Route running
- 2016 vs. 2017
- Athletic testing unknowns
Production vs. Competition - Obviously, playing for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits is going to draw some pushback when discussing his production. Although he didn't play in a power 5 conference, all you can ask of a small school player is that they dominate. Goedert did just that in every aspect of his game. 198 career receptions and nearly 3,000 career receiving yards can't just be ignored due to the school he attended.
Route running - Relying on his talent alone will not cut it on the next level. He was able to produce on simple up-field routes in college due to simply being the bigger and better athlete. Goedert will need to continue to grow as a route runner in order to see the same level of success on the next level.
2016 vs. 2017 - Goedert was very productive in both 2016 and 2017. With that being said he did look noticeably bigger in 2017. While that alone isn't a bad thing, his speed and explosiveness seemed to take a hit due to it.
Athletic testing unknowns - The fact that Goedert only participated in the bench press at the NFL Combine led to a very crowded South Dakota State Pro Day. Many of the scouts attending were hoping to see him run the 40-yard dash, that didn't happen. While it isn't a deal breaker, you have to wonder why his agent advised him not to run at the NFL Combine and his Pro Day. It is worth noting that based on some of his other official Pro Day testing numbers, that both his burst and agility scores ranked in the 72nd and 78th percentile according to Player Profiler.
Goedert's tape only reinforced my #1 ranking of him. His combination of size, athleticism, and ball skills make him a very dangerous weapon for whatever team decides to draft him.
Few dynasty rosters are set at the tight end position due to the lack of reliable options. Last years' rookie tight end class reminded us that landing spot sometimes outweighs talent, especially when it comes to rookie tight ends. O.J. Howard and David Njoku were heavily touted as day one producers because of their ability to block. The rosters they landed on and usage their coaches saw fit popped that bubble quickly. The same may ring true for Goedert regardless of his ability to stay on the field both as a pass-catcher and blocker. With that being said, Goedert should be drafted no later than TE2 in rookie drafts, slotting him in the early-mid 2nd round.