Dallas Goedert

Tight End, S. Dakota ST

6-5, 265, (U) 4.65, (U) 4.21 SS,

(U) 35" Vert, (U)-Unofficial, 

Testing The Seam. Part III.

By TOM

Goedert is a tight end. Though he has near the athleticism of Evan Engram, but he is a TE not an H-back/WR. Tight ends have to block inline, and Goedert does that very well. He has the size to develop into more than a slot H-back. He will drop it sometimes when he takes his eyes off the ball, but his hands are consistent. Nice job on the fade in the endzone. He can make it look easy. He showed he belonged at the Senior Bowl. 

They played him at slot receiver, and sometimes all the way out wide. Blocking is going to make the difference in his career. He will flash elite blocks sometimes. He gives good effort, but he still gets too high on the move blocks sometimes. He can seal the lower level D-end with some interesting strength, fight, and power. He can get to the second level on the goal line run, and pop the LB into the endzone.

It can take him a while to warm up sometimes, but he can be a great blocker when he wants to. He uses his versatility in many ways, the most important in a nice variety of blocking: inline, on the edge, and out in space. His only question is can he do it against top competition as well. His stats were a little over inflated do to level of comp, but still:

2017: Was once again a unanimous All-America selection, earning distinction on seven different Football Championship Subdivision honor squads ... finished 12th in the balloting for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the FCS ranks ... earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition for the third year in a row after leading the nationally ranked Jackrabbits with 72 receptions and 1,111 receiving yards ... also ranked second on squad with seven touchdown catches.

He shows a great aptitude for blocking. When he wants he can give good second and third efforts. Nice job catching the ball with his hands away from his body, and behind him. A very difficult catch for a big TE. They also like to pitch it to him inside on the shovel pass to run up the gut. Like Shaheen, he is going to take a while to develop because of his level of competition. 

He looked a little faster in 2016, 265-pounds might not be his optimum weight. He actually had better stats in 2016 than in his incredible 2017 season: 2016: Was a unanimous All-America selection and finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award after setting Jackrabbit single-season record with 92 receptions ... his 1,293 receiving yards were the fifth most in a season by a Jackrabbit player and the most by a tight end ... caught a touchdown pass in the first six games, starting with 16-yarder at TCU as part of five-reception, 96-yard performance.

He knows how to use his size, strength, and hands to get open in pattern. Like Gronk, he knows how to get open out wide as the Flanker or Split End. He shows some flash running down the seam. He can leap up over the middle and snag the high ball as the Safety cracks him in the back. Big TEs have to catch the ball though contact. He showed he could catch the ball in snow storms.

They like to line him up all over the place, including in the backfield. They ran screens for him on the backside, and he was very effective with the ball in his hands. He had enough speed to get open in pattern deep down the seam and on Flag and Post routes, but it is against smaller and slower competition. He ran great patterns over the middle to the 2nd level. 

He is a great block on the bubble screen out in space. He has that knack for sealing defenders out out on the edges in a variety of fashions. He can get into the DE at the end of the line, and turn inside of him to seal outside. He blocked a lot with one hand extended and used his legs, which will be a bad habit in the NFL. However, his size and strength should allow him to translate his blocking to the next level. 

Previously Released:

He is a very interesting prospect whose size speed ratio is very rare. "The measurables are what they are, and they're very good. From that standpoint, he'll be as good as anyone his size," an AFC scout said. "As a small-town guy who sort of came out of nowhere though, teams are going to be more interested to know what makes him tick on the inside." He could go in the 1st Round if he can put up some great stats at the Combine, like his coaches in high school and college coaches said he did (35" Vert, 4.21 Short Shuttle, Evan Engram ran a 4.23 last year). 

His circumstance is similar to Adam Sheehan. "Dallas is more explosive, physically faster than Steve [Heiden SDSU TE] was, has more wiggle in him. Steve was closer to a tackle, a traditional tight end," Stiegelmeier said. "Steve got drafted in the 3rd round (No. 69 overall in 1999). I'm not predicting where Dallas will be picked, but I think he's further ahead now than Steve was at the time." They both are 1st Round talents, who will end up in the 2nd because they went to a lower level school.

He is a terrific blocker. He can make the inline blocks, the blocks on the move like a FB, and the shift blocks and lead blocks outside like an H-back. He played at a lower level where his effectiveness might have been exaggerated. But on tape he was elite at grabbing the edge guys and turning and sealing them at will. He was able to beat FBS defenders he played down the seam, and still looked bigger, faster and more athletic. 

He played almost every sport in high school, but he never focused on one. "He started out playing inside linebacker on defense. He ended up playing quarterback, receiver, tight end and running back on offense. He was the whole team," SDSU OL coach Carl Larson said. "I called coach Stig and told him, 'This guy's a player.' That spring, he was back in Milbank with the track team. The best [discus] throwers there were throwing it maybe 120, 125 (feet). He came up and whipped it 156. So I called coach again." Once he focused on football and weight lifting his athleticism and commitment exploded. 

He has great hands and a great catching radius. "He can go get the high ball, but what's even more impressive is how he can go get the low ball," Schleusner said. "Balls behind him, or thrown at his feet, he suctions everything in. You talk about a catch radius, he's got a huge one." Great at going up high over the defenders and pulling it down.

His Combine stats seemed a little inflated to me. "He was a 35-inch vertical when we first tested him at 230 pounds, and he can still do that now at 270," Moe said. "That's explosiveness." They said he ran a 4.65 Forty, and can squat 553-pounds.

Dallas Goedert Vs N. Dakota State:

Just a basic pattern. But I like how he used his hands to shove off the LB. I would have like to have seen a fake outside, or have him alter the route a little inside to take his outside shoulder faster (:01). He is on the left Seam again. Which is traditionally where the TEs hurt defenses the most. TEs who can win down the seam are worth their weight in gold (:10). He weaved a little going down the seam. He cut In. Watch the smooth natural hands going up and snagging the high pass over the middle. 

He lined up like an H-back. Avoiding blocks will not make him successful in the NFL (:28). That may have been the worst block I've ever seen. He looked like he dived at the LB, and took himself out lol (:35). Lined up like a traditional H-back. That is a nice block on the edge against the smaller DB (:45). I like how the DB fell back after the shove, and Goedert didn't stop. He attacked again and shoved him out of bounds. 

I like how he used his physicality in pattern to get open (:52). More of an H-back block, but he kept his man out of the play (:59). Versatile at all positions becomes more and more important each year (1:16). Inline. He dropped the pass behind him to look back at the LBs (1:23). Nice pattern, but he was triple teamed by the defense (1:32). It is always a great play when a receiver turns into a defensive player to help his QB (1:41). He has some flash in the open field (1:46). He is started to remind me of a mini-Gronk with the ball in his hands.

Nice block on the backside, but he did get too high (1:53). Please give me an inline block. That was an elite block. He shoved the DE up and sealed him, until the ORT could take him. Then watch him slide off and cut off the ILB, and shoved him into the endzone (2:00). If he can block like that consistently he could be a 1st Round tight End. 

Nice block on the backside. Sustaining a block is one of the hardest things to do on the football field (2:19). That was a nice release. That is the kind of Seam pattern that can make a tight end a ton of money in the NFL (2:25). He lined up on the Seam (2:34). He took the outside shoulder of the LB. Then he broke inside on the flag route, and left two LBs in the dust. That is another big step up in my evaluation of him.

Great inline power block (2:45). Nice block to give his RB the edge (2:50). Great cut block on the backside. He is suddenly a great blocker (3:02). He curled around the line with deliberation, and blocked on the 2nd level like a FB (3:08). Another elite block against smaller competition. He put the DB on skates (3:21). But then watch how he punched the LB to the ground. I now have him rated as the only 1st Round talent at tight end.

Nice speed in pattern to run by the LB (3:27). Watch the great impact on the 2nd level to knock the LBs head back (3:38). It was short, but that was a great catch between two defenders. He reached up and exposed his gut to them, and caught it without concern (3:46). There are only a few TEs who could make a catch like the last one, and then line up outside as the X-WR (3:55). He showed a little acceleration to go over the middle, but missed the block.

A little lazy, but it showed his great size and strength to hold him off the DB with one hand (4:03). Well that was interesting. He was the only guy on the line to not go offsides (4:11). I like how he directed traffic on the shift (4:18). Nice route to get inside the LB (4:33). Then he leaped up and tipped the ball to himself with one hand. He caught it for the TD with one hand. 

He has that ability to not lose his head in the eye of the hurricane. I don't know how he made that pitch back to the QB with four defenders around him (4:46). Great power block on the D-end inside. That is the difference between an H-back and a Tight End (4:55). Another nice block on the smaller quicker OLB (5:03). His speed at the Combine could put him in the 1st. He will be faster than Shaheen. 

Goedert Vs Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlHkDA8Z_8Y

Dallas Goedert Vs TCU 2016:

This was one of his games against an FBS opponent. They lined him up all over the place. Out wide, in the backfield, and the slot as well as inline (:01). Talk about catching radius, he has a near Gronk like caching radius. It is harder for the big guys to dig it out of the dirt than go high (:10). He blocks inline like a real tight end (:20). But he flies down the seam for the easy reception instead. That is a real NFL TE pattern. He can run with speed and power, and he just keeps reminding me of a mini-Gronk.

Watch the great lease, and the speed down the field as he curls over the Seam. That did look like he had 4.65 speed. He almost ran past the safety (:33). Watch the pattern. See how he slowed like he was blocking. Then exploded to the ball and the endzone (:45). Watch the explosion off the line that left his teammate 2 or 3 yards behind him on the release (:58). Then he broke off the pattern, and caught the ball with his hands away from his body.

The outside TE release off the line. I don't understand why they don't show any blocks (1:07). They leave him for the Safety, but he is just too big and strong for the Safety. So he has to foul him (1:17). Watch how he used his hands to run past the defender (1:34). He has that knack for getting open down the Seam.

The Pats have to think about drafting Goedert at 31. Gronk is not going to be in Foxboro for very long. Gronk's has body has taken a near crippling beating that few have survived. He is already doing WWE, or whatever they call themselves now. They have offered 5-Mil a year to do what seems to come even more natural to him than football. This could be a very tough and delicate gambit, but having Goedert play next to, and study, Gronk for any amount of time could do nothing but help him. Like Gronk, he is such a natural athlete that he does things he doesn't even know he is doing. 

Goedert Vs TCU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3qdV5USx8g

Goedert's Official Bio:

CAREER NOTES:
• Stands third in career receptions at South Dakota State with 198
• Ranks fourth in career receiving yards at SDSU with 2,988
• Fifth in school history with 21 career touchdown receptions
• Holds SDSU single-season record with 92 receptions (2016)
• Shares SDSU single-game record with four touchdown catches
• One of only three players in program history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for receiving
• Team captain (2017)
• Selected to play in Reese’s Senior Bowl after 2017 season

2017: Was once again a unanimous All-America selection, earning distinction on seven different Football Championship Subdivision honor squads ... finished 12th in the balloting for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the FCS ranks ... earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition for the third year in a row after leading the nationally ranked Jackrabbits with 72 receptions and 1,111 receiving yards ... also ranked second on squad with seven touchdown catches ... topped the 100-yard mark for receiving six times, starting with 11-reception, 132-yard performance at Montana State (9/9) ... hauled in first touchdown catch of the season in home win over Drake (9/16) … began streak of four consecutive games over 100 yards with four-catch, 120-yard outing in regular season matchup against Northern Iowa (10/14) ... recorded season-best 170 yards on eight catches, including a touchdown, in road win at Missouri State (10/21) ... hit the century mark for fourth game in a row, tallying 116 yards on seven receptions with a touchdown in handing North Dakota State its lone loss of the season (11/4) ... lone reception was a 33-yard touchdown in key win over Illinois State (11/11) ... ended regular season with 11-reception, 117-yard performance at South Dakota (11/18) ... caught touchdowns in FCS playoff games against Northern Iowa (12/2) and at James Madison (12/16).

2016: Was a unanimous All-America selection and finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award after setting Jackrabbit single-season record with 92 receptions ... his 1,293 receiving yards were the fifth most in a season by a Jackrabbit player and the most by a tight end ... caught a touchdown pass in first six games, starting with 16-yarder at TCU as part of five-reception, 96-yard performance ... began streak of six consecutive games with 100-plus receiving yards with five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown versus Cal Poly ... caught eight passes for 204 yards and tied school record with four touchdown receptions in home win over Western Illinois ... scores versus WIU covered 24, 25, 24 and 70 yards ... hauled in career-high 12 receptions and scored touchdowns both receiving (39 yards) and rushing (17 yards) in road win at Southern Illinois ... tallied 11 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown in regular season victory at top-ranked North Dakota State ... made seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in home win over Missouri State ... set up game-winning field goal in FCS playoff game against Villanova with 33-yard reception, ending the day with eight catches for 92 yards and the team’s only touchdown.

2015: Earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors ... played in all 12 games and started 10 ... second on team with 26 receptions and 484 receiving yards ... caught at least one pass in 10 games ... tied for second on squad with three touchdown receptions ... caught two passes for 49 yards, including key 23-yard reception on fourth-down play that set up final Jackrabbit touchdown, in season-opening win at Kansas ... hauled in three passes for career-high 97 yards that included a team season-long 77-yard touchdown in home opener against Southern Utah ... shared team’s Offensive Player of the Week award after catching four passes for 63 yards and a 26-yard touchdown versus North Dakota State ... tallied career-high five receptions for 48 yards in road win at Missouri State ... received team’s Effort Award after hauling in two receptions for 63 yards, including a 38-yarder ... recorded two catches for 43 yards, including 30-yard touchdown, in FCS playoff game at Montana.

2014: Led Jackrabbit tight ends with eight receptions and 100 receiving yards ... recorded first career reception, for nine yards, in season opener at Missouri ... recorded season highs with three receptions and 42 receiving yards in Missouri Valley Football Conference opener at Illinois State ... caught two passes for 37 yards, including career-long 21-yarder, in regular season finale against South Dakota.

2013: Redshirted ... honored as Scout Offense Player of the Week in preparation for regular season finale at Youngstown State.

BEFORE SDSU: Was an honorable mention all-state selection two times in football at Britton-Hecla High School ... three-time all-conference pick in both football and basketball ... team captain in both sports ... member of the A Honor Roll.

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