Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
***Goedert only did the bench press at the NFL Combine due to a Grade 2 hamstring tear from Senior Bowl week. The other drills (except the 40) were preformed at his Pro Day.
(percentile rank among all TEs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: DNP
Vertical: 35 inches (73rd)
Broad: 121 inches (85th)
3-cone: 6.87 seconds (91st)
20-yard shuttle: 4.06 seconds (97th)
Bench Press: 23 reps (72nd)
That’s the story of Dallas Goedert, who hails from a South Dakota town of 1,250 people.
His journey to playing TE took time — and quite a few burgers. A walk on, Goedert redshirted his first season before packing on 60 pounds over his next 2. In 2016, his hard work — in and out of the cafeteria — paid off.
2016 turned up a whopping 92 catches, putting Goedert in the team lead by 14. He recorded only 1 game with fewer than 4 catches all year.
2017 wasn’t quite as statistically satisfying. But Goedert remained a fixture in the offense and played all over the formation. Per Pro Football Focus, 17 of his receptions came out of the slot. PFF also charted Goedert with a hefty 8.2 YAC per reception.
Certainly, production hasn’t been an issue. Goedert dominated the competition — albeit a lower level.
In fact, across 2 seasons as a full-time starter, Goedert faced only 1 FBS school: TCU in Week 1 of 2016. He fared well in that one — as we’ll see below — and finished with a 5-96-1 line.
But, you know, sample size …
So we’re left to wonder how the now 23-year-old would have preformed at a much better program. That’s fair criticism for the likely 1st or 2nd-round pick. But as his size, tape and athleticism show, this guy has a real shot to develop into a long-term starter.
Games watched: Youngstown State, Illinois State, North Dakota State, TCU (2016), Villanova (2016)
Goedert’s size gave defenders a problem in college. With 10” hands and arm length like an O-lineman — 34” — he’s able to pull off the spectacular catch.
Just like the first one, these next 2 clips show Goedert's willingness to make a tough grab over the middle -- something he must get used to for NFL success.
Goedert's WR-like skill set really shows up on downfield throws. These next clips feature his ball-tracking ability...
Goedert's key to year 1 playing time will be improved blocking. I didn't see any clips of him getting embarrassed -- see Mike Gesicki -- but it's clear there's some work to do. He admitted that much at his Combine press conference. It's a critical development we'll monitor closely throughout the summer.
From athleticism to production, Goedert looks like a clean prospect. Had he played at 1 of the 129 FBS programs, he'd easily be the top TE in this class.
But, given the competition he faced, it's fair to question how he'll transition to the pros. Missing Senior Bowl week robbed him of a chance to show off against some of the nation's best talent.
In short -- don't bank on TE1 production in 2018. Long-term, top-12 totals are well within his range of outcomes.