Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State: 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive back DeJon Gomes
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South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert is a small school tight end prospect who could hear his name called early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Dallas Goedert is a highly athletic tight end prospect who features a complete game. He is hoping to be an early round pick like fellow small school tight ends Gerald Everett and Adam Shaheen. Goedert has already established himself as a strong prospect.

South Dakota State mainly uses Goedert along the line of scrimmage as a traditional tight end. In this role, he is able to contribute as both a blocker and pass catcher. There are also situations where Goedert works out of the slot.

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As a pass catcher, Goedert shows big-play potential and the ability to attack the seam. He has good quickness off the ball and locates open holes in the defense. His size and body control give him the ability to attack the football.

Goedert is an aggressive player who uses his strong hands to pluck the ball at its highest point. He isn’t afraid of contact and will sacrifice his body to make a catch.

His toughness and quickness help him gain yards after the catch. He often receives the ball on short passes or screens and turns them into big gains. This shows that Goedert is a true playmaker capable of making a major impact on the game.

Goedert is a well rounded player in that he also contributes in the running game. He plays with an edge which helps him gain movement off the line of scrimmage. His commitment to gaining inside hands and using proper angles also helps.

He isn’t overly powerful, but finds success because of his technique and nasty streak. A little more time in the weight room would make Goedert a very strong blocker at the next level.

Overall, this is a playmaking tight end prospect who has dominated a lower level of competition. He is squarely in the mix to be the first tight end selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.