Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Assessment by Joe Marino
Name: Dallas Goedert
School: South Dakota State
Position: Tight End
Date of Birth: Not Available
High School: Britton-Hecia (SD)
Games played: 39
Games started: 23
Team Captain: Yes
126 receptions, 1,877 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns
High School Accolades
2x Honorable Mention All-State. 3x All-Conference football and basketball. Not recruited walk-on with zero DI offers. Was pursued by several DII schools for basketball.
2016 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Finalist, 2016 STATS FCS All-America First Team, 2016 American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team, 2016 Associated Press FCS All-America First Team, 2016 FCS Athletics Directors Association All-America Team, 2015/2016 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team. Holds SDSU single season record with 92 receptions in 2016.
Has tremendous ball skills and attacks the football in the air with an alpha mentality. Does well to adjust to the football in the air and position his farm favorably at the catch point. Demonstrates high levels of concentration to haul in acrobatic catches. Hands are soft and reliable. Plucks the football out of the air with suction cups for hands. Runs nuanced routes and knows how to manipulate coverage men in his route stem. Doesn’t tip routes and knows how to sell his breaks. Smooth runner that knows how to separate. Shows the ability to create yards after the catch. Decisive with the ball in his hands and sees the field well. Illustrates skills with his off-hand to execute stiff arms. Will challenge tacklers with physicality. Proven ability to lineup all over the formation and make plays. Does well as a positional blocker.
Would like to see more bulk on his frame and it appears that he has room to fill out. Doesn’t inspire in terms of his ability to exchange power as a blocker. Will fail to bring his feet with him when blocking which leads to over extending and lunging with his upper half, robbing himself of power.
South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is one of the premier small school talents that will be available in the 2018 NFL Draft. From a receiving stand point, he is a perfect fit for the trajectory of today’s NFL tight end with the ability to lineup in-line, flexed, wide or out of the backfield.
A nuanced route-runner, Goedert knows how to create separation by winning early in routes to set up his breaks. In terms of ball skills, Goedert is dominant at the catch point with his ability to elevate and adjust to the football
while attacking it with a “my ball” mentality. His hands are outstanding and he knows how to win consistently in contested situations.
His route-running savvy, ball skills and ability to create after the catch makes Goedert is a player that warrants looks at all levels of the field.
Goedert has work to do in his development as a blocker. His technique in terms of his upper and lower body working in unison to execute is not there at this point. While he fails to impress in terms of play strength as a blocker, improving that technique will help maximize the power he does have. Improving his technique and adding muscle mass will go a long way in making him even more appealing.
Goedert has the makeup of a valuable weapon at the next level and should enjoy another dominant season for South Dakota State as a senior.