Film Study: Dallas Goedert vs North Dakota State
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Next up is Dallas Goedert, our No.1 ranked TE in a very weak class, especially when it’s compared to last year’s star-studded group. Goedert however, looks to be a star in the making and will be able to make an impact on whatever team drafts him.
His combination of solid blocking, ability to stretch the field in the receiving game and hands that rarely drop passes make him a possible first round draft pick in April’s draft.
- Nice acceleration off the line, beats the safety on a deep seam route, drops the pass (0:08 mark)
- Blocking skills are evident, wins at point of attack–once he locks in defender, they are having a tough time getting off his block (0:25 mark)
- Looking to block after QB throws to teammates (0:45 mark)
- Creates mis-matches in the red zone, great chip block off the line and wide open in the end zone–QB misfired pass (1:18 mark)
- Great drive block and seal, creating a wide open hole for the running back (1:56 mark)
- Dominating NDSU defensive line–can he do it against bigger and better competition? (2:08 mark)
- Not just a in-line TE–lined up in the slot and made an insanely difficult TD catch in between two defenders while getting hit and subsequent targeting penalty called against the defender (2:25 mark)
- Makes another leaping TD catch, called back by penalty (2:59 mark)
- Doesn’t possess breakaway speed–caught by LB on crossing route (3:13 mark)
- Drove defender 15 yards back run blocking creating huge hole for back (3:17 mark)
- Lined up as a wideout and ran a comeback, beating the cornerback (3:35 mark)
- Powerful runner with ball, dragging defensive backs for more YAC (4:20 mark)
- Used as a pass blocker, had no issue with defender–however he had some forward lean in his initial punch–could be exposed by more seasoned pass rusher (5:06 mark)
- Down blocking king, completely crushed his man (5:15 mark)
- Dangerous seam route runner, fooled LB’s and got behind the safety with ease. Touchdown. (5:25 mark)
- Turned 1 yard pass into 25 yard gain showing impressive speed that wasn’t evident earlier. Dragged four defenders until finally tackled (6:08 mark)
- Knows how to find the open spots in zone coverage (7:13 mark)
- Caught a screen pass, juked one defender, stiff armed another before being gang-tackled by four others. Power is there. (7:36 mark)
If you watch this entire game, you will without a doubt come away thinking Goedert can be an impactful tight end in the NFL. He shows a combination of power, speed, YAC and great hands–not to mention his dominating blocking ability. Watching one game isn’t a true representation of any prospect, but I came away thoroughly impressed with this tape.
North Dakota State isn’t an SEC team or a Power 5 conference school, but they have made it to the FCS National Championship game seemingly the last decade for a reason.
I would like to see how Goedert can hold up against an NFL defensive line and how his speed will translate to the pros. I will be keeping an eye on how he runs at the combine, and how many reps he will put up on the bench to gauge his strength.
Right now, Goedert is far and away the No.1 TE prospect and if I were an NFL GM with a need at tight end, Goedert would be my selection.