College Football is the clear and only pipeline to the NFL. It is filled with thousands of talented young men that dream of playing at the next level. Only 1.5% of those players become pro football players. Every draft has positions that are deeper than others, some believe this is a quarterback class and others believe it is a running back class. The tight ends have something to say and I am all ears!!! Here is my scouting report!!
Dallas Goedert, Tight End, South Dakota State
Height-Weight: 6’4 260
Film reviewed: Villinova (16), Southern Illinois (16), and North Dakota State (16)
The Good: The Jackrabbit tight end brings a physical presence to the run game. He finishes blocks in the fashion of a road grading offensive lineman. He does a good job washing down his defender to open running lanes. Goedert is athletic for a man his size, he is a highly versatile weapon. Line him up in the slot, out wide, in bunch formations, and inline as a traditional tight end. He has strong soft hands when plucking the ball out of the air. He does a great job tracking the ball on down field routes. He possesses a solid route tree and knowledge of spacing in zone coverage. He offers a skilled big body target in red zone situation. Dallas catch radius can prove to be huge at the next level. The quarterback isn’t required deliver the most accurate passes, instead they need to get into his area code. Hauling in 92 & 77 receptions in 16/17 shows his ability to carry a passing attack as the main option.
The Bad: Like most of these college tight ends, dallas did not face much man coverage. He did not have the luxury of playing with a capable quarterback. His quarterbacks struggled with accuracy, timing, and pocket presence. The quality of competition can be a problem for some scouts and teams. He looks more athletic than most of his opponents.
Pro Comparison: Ceiling: Travis Kelce Floor: Todd Heap
Considering his scheme versatility like (Kelce) he is a match up nightmare. He can do similar things to Kelce, running jet sweeps, shovel passes, tight end/receiver screens, and dominating the middle of the field. He is the most complete tight end in this draft, with his ability to catch and block. Dallas has star potential and could be the first tight end drafted in April.
Team Fits: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers
NCAA. (2017). Estimated probability of competing in professional athletics. Retrieved from http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/estimated-probability-competing-professional-athletics