Rookie Rundown: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Rookie Rundown: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

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Rookie Rundown: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

(John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports)

Dallas Goedert will rightfully be considered for the first tight end drafted. A four-year player at South Dakota State, he was twice a unanimous FCS All-American and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Goedert may be a tight end but he’s been prolific and caught 164 passes over just the last two seasons and topped 1,000 yards in each. He totaled 13 100-yard games over those years and turned in a personal best of eight catches for 204 yards and four touchdowns against Western Illinois. As a tight end.

He was a walk-on in college thanks to only playing nine-man football at a small high school. Goedert did not run the 40-yard dash at the combine or the SDSU Pro Day due to pulling a hamstring in practice during the Senior Bowl. His 23 reps at the bench press were tops among all combine tight ends this year. Given his wildly productive last two years, it is safe to assume that his speed is an asset and not a liability.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 260 pounds
40 time: 4.65

YEAR
GMS
REC
YDS
AVG
LNG
TD
2014
14
8
100
12.5
21
0
2015
12
26
484
18.6
77
3
2016
13
92
1293
14.4
70
11
2017
14
72
1111
15.4
57
7

Pros

  • Excelled in college when he led the team in receiving in 2016 and the coaches looked for different ways to get him the ball.
  • Big hands with elite receiving skills. Noted for one-handed and acrobatic catches. Can snatch the ball from the air.
  • Too big for a safety and too fast for a linebacker.
  • Played basketball and brings body control and ball skills.
  • Prototypical size
  • Wide receiver skills and speed with a huge catch radius.
  • Can play in-line, flex or in motion.
  • Adequate blocker
  • Has the potential to become an elite NFL tight end if only after a year or two.
  • Major red zone threat

Cons

  • Lower level of competition means more to learn both blocking and route running in NFL
  • Sometimes opts for the more impressive catch than the surer two-handed cradle near the body.
  • Admitted that he relied on natural talent in high school and even in college was bigger and better than most opponents. Will have to work more to produce similar results.
  • Fast for his position but not quick and has no second gear.

Fantasy outlook

Goedert is a mismatch problem for any defense and should see work even as a rookie. Chances are that he won’t hit his stride until at least 2019 given the smaller programs he came from in high school and college. But Goedert has the skills to get the job done including highlight-reel catches. Rookie tight ends rarely do much and Evan Engram became an exception last year mostly because the Giants lost almost all their wide receivers.

He may be at the end of the first round and no later than the second. Goedert has the skills to replicate Engram’s success if he lands on the right team and situation. Teams won’t draft him with high expectations for this year but his potential will interest many teams. The Panthers, Vikings and Raiders are among the teams expected to consider him.

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