On April 27th, the Philadelphia Eagles selected a 6’4 tight end, Dallas Goedert, out of South Dakota State with the 49th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
I remember that morning reading an article about the best available players remaining and Goedert’s name was second on the list. I really had no idea where the Eagles would go with their pick. There weren’t too many holes on the roster. Now that’s it’s all said and done, I’m really glad in the direction they went. Here are three reasons why.
Playing in a loaded offense:
He won’t be the focal point of the offense. Goedert is coming to a team with an abundance of weapons. He also gets to watch and learn from Zach Ertz, who has already established himself as one of the best tight ends in the game. Other teams will be game planning for guys like Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor in the slot, or the different ways Doug Pederson likes to use his backfield. This allows Goedert to have a lot of 1 on 1s whether it be over the middle or on the outside. The Eagles will line him up in many different spots. He’s a rookie, but I’m willing to bet he wins a lot of those matchups. Especially in the red zone.
"He’s an incredible quarterback, the best in the NFL. To be able to play with him, that’s going to be a lot of fun." — Dallas Goedert on Carson Wentz #Eagles
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) April 28, 2018
Run after the catch:
In a big play offense, Dallas Goedert brings just that. His ability to stay on his feet through contact is uncanny. He piled up over 400 yards after the catch last season. In 2016, he caught 92 balls. That was a school record. Despite having 20 less catches in 2017, he set a school record for touchdowns in a game with four. The guy is a flat out play maker. There’s a reason he was compared to Travis Kelce.
The one thing tight ends don’t like to do is block. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad at it. That’s the case for Dallas Goedert. Joe Douglas described Goedert as a “competitive” blocker. There’s always room for improvement. Especially since he didn’t face top notch competition, but he is much better coming into the league than Ertz was.