Prospect Profile: South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert
March 21, 2018 12:00 PM | Lindsey Young

Dallas Goedert

Tight End | South Dakota State | Fifth-year Senior

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 256 pounds

College Stats

2017: 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns; also notched a tackle on special teams; ranked 10th in FCS for receiving yards; 2017 Walter Payton Award Finalist; unanimous All-America selection; earned First-Team All-Conference recognition for the third consecutive season; had six games with 100-plus receiving yards, including four in a row; caught touchdowns in FCS playoff games against Northern Iowa and at James Madison

Career: 52 games played; 198 catches (third in school history) for 2,988 yards (fourth in school history) and 21 touchdowns; two-time finalist for Walter Payton Award (2016-2017); two-time FCS First-Team All-American (2016-17); two-time Associated Press All-American (2016-17); three-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team (2015-17); MVFC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 1, 2016); MVFC Honor Roll (2016); holds SDSU single-season record with 92 receptions (2016); shares SDSU single-game record with four touchdown catches; one of three players in program history to post consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons; team captain; participated in 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl

Combine Results

Bench press: 23 reps of 225 pounds (first among tight ends)
Goedert did not participate in any other testing drills at the NFL Combine.


Summary: Goedert impressed early on, seizing his opportunity as a redshirt freshman and leading Jackrabbits tight ends with eight catches for 100 yards in 14 games played. Over the past four years, Goedert is described by his Draft profile as having "blossomed into an NFL-caliber receiving tight end," garnering plenty of attention and honors each season.

Goedert was ranked among the top 15 in the FCS and received an invite to the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl. The tight end suffered a hamstring injury during a practice in Mobile, Alabama, however, and did not participate in the game.

According to his profile, Goedert is a "capable three-level worker as a pass catcher" and "gains adequate separation with short and intermediate routes." He has been praised for an ability to reel in one-handed catches and is described as having size and technique that could be developed as an in-line blocker. analyst Lance Zierlein said that Goedert is incredibly talented as a pass catcher and will be "the darling of fans and media throughout the draft process." He added, though, that Goedert "still has work to do" in proving his ability to block defenders at the pro level.

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock tabbed Goedert before and after the combine as the second-best tight end in this year's draft class. Fellow analyst Bucky Brooks opined Goedert as the No. 1 tight end prior to the combine. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Goedert 47th overall in his "Top 50 Prospects" and bumped him up to 43rd in his updated list released on March 7.

Small town hero: Goedert grew up in Britton, South Dakota, a town of fewer than 1,500 residents. He was a standout at Britton-Hecla High School, where he played 9-man football, and he had just one scholarship offer to Division II Northern State. Goedert chose instead to join the Jackrabbits as a walk-on. That decision turned out to be a fruitful one.

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