Dallas Goedert, TE
School: South Dakota State | Conference: Missouri Valley
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 256 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round or 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Charles Clay
Dallas Goedert got his name because his dad is a Cowboys fan. Aside from that unfortunate fact, he is a really good pass catching tight end. Goedert dominated the competition in the FCS with his excellent athleticism and penchant for highlight reel catches. He was a seam buster at the FCS level and had he not had a few concentration drops and had a QB that could consistently and reliably get the ball to him when he was open he would have produced even more. Goedert is the prototype of the new NFL tight end. He like so many other TE prospects now is just a wide receiver in a tight end's body. He is a mismatch for linebackers and smaller corners/safeties lined up in the slot and inline. Goedert is an ok blocker as he makes an effort but he struggles to maintain control. Smart coaches won't be using him as a blocker than often and instead rely on his talent for working over the middle. Goedert has the talent to be a featured player in a pass-heavy offense.
- Excellent size, speed, and athleticism for the position.
- Versatile player who can cause damage from the slot, inline, or backfield. Seam buster and can cause a lot of damage over the middle short middle and deep where he is a mismatch for his defenders.
- Physical player who knows how to use his size and length to his advantage. He uses his body to box defenders out and pluck the ball away from them in the air. He's the winner in jump ball situations.
- Pass catching ability is up there with any TE in this class. He has natural hands and his body control and adjustment ability are good which allows him to haul in some spectacular catches.
- Suffered from easy concentration drops at times.
- Blocking is ok but he struggles to maintain control through the whistle and can whiff on contact.
- Route running and its nuances need work. Instinctive Corners and safeties may be able to jump in front of him at the next level.
- Got away with carrying the ball away from his body in the FCS. Hes going to fumble at the next level and that will be why until he can clean it up.
Let’s see his work:
S. Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert. Splash play here. Rare 2-way player at TE these days. Impact NFL starter... Might be worth 1st rd pick. pic.twitter.com/kibvbosflw— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 26, 2018
This is successful at any level. TE Dallas Goedert. pic.twitter.com/G12GvMg47k— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) November 15, 2017
Stretch the seam, find the football and finish inbounds. TE Dallas Goedert has a legit chance to be TE1 in the 2018 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/9EZeWHutcv— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 6, 2017
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Niles Paul has joined the Jaguars which leaves the Redskins with only 3 TEs on the roster. Jordan Reed is the clear TE1 as long as he is healthy and Vernon Davis’ age hasn't caught up with him yet. Jeremy Sprinkle deserves an expanded role to show what he can do. Regarding contracts, this is a make or break year for Reed as his cap savings become bigger than his cap hit in 2019. Vernon Davis’ last year of his contract is in 2019 as well. The Redskins may decide to wait on adding depth to the position but if they want to plan for the future for TE1 I can see them being interested in a prospect like Goedert. I cant think of a better playing style comp to Travis Kelce in this draft than Dallas Goedert and his presence on the field should no doubt give Alex Smith a big and productive target to throw to. Goedert could use a season to improve his blocking and route running and other weaknesses and he would have that luxury with the Redskins current depth. If the injury bug strikes Jordan Reed again Goedert provides a similar skill set so the Redskins shouldn't have to make many adjustments to their offense to accommodate him. Goedert may be deemed a “luxury” pick today but the Redskins will have big decisions to make with their top two TEs going into next year so he could be a smart pick for the future.