The Eagles are starting a bit of tradition for FCS players, particularly from the state of Dakota. Much like Carson Wentz, Dallas Goedert is a physical freak. The Eagles’ franchise quarterback is positively titchy at 6-foot-five, 240 pounds, relative to Goedert’s 6-foot-five, 255 pound stature. Men this big should simply not come this athletic. Even more importantly, the potential for tightend-to-quarterback trick plays is now unlimited. How about Goedert and Wentz running a reverse sprint option? Maybe throw a post pitch pass option in there with Ertz running down the seam? Doug Pederson has given himself a ton of tools to get creative with in 2018, and I’m salivating at the prospect.

Strengths
Although huge in stature, Goedert still generates separation consistently. His long speed is plenty good enough, and Goedert gets up to max throttle quickly off the line. In addition, he shows some subtlety to his route running, forcing defensive backs off balance with slight adjustments at the top of his stem. Goedert might need some time to transition with the added complexity of an NFL offense, particularly on horizontally breaking routes, but all the tools are there for him to succeed.

Getting open isn’t a problem, and securing the catch isn’t either in the majority of circumstances. Goedert made some frankly ludicrous catches at South Dakota State, including these couple of stunners.

Special grabs are eye-catching sure, but consistency is more important. The one handers speak to Goedert’s catch radius, he has no problem adjusting to passes high, low or out of reach (for a regular human).

Plucking balls out the sky is one thing, but Goedert does it at full speed, retaining all his momentum downfield. He’s not one of those college tightend you see catching the ball on one knee just to make sure he’s secured the grab. Goedert has a fluidity to his movement that enables him to adjust to passes in inaccurate locations, turning potential failed plays into chunk plays.

He combines remarkable body control with impressive physicality, showing a fearless attitude to passes over the middle. Goedert embraces the middle of the field, consistently making grabs in traffic. Most tightends would be satisfied to hold on taking this kind of hit as the ball arrives, yet Goedert keeps on rumbling.

In every game of Goedert’s, admittedly at the FCS level, he makes at least one jaw-dropping play. Goedert is a joy to watch with the ball in his hands, punishing defenders after the catch. The one frustration with pro-bowl tightend Zach Ertz is that he doesn’t convert big plays into huge ones particularly frequently. Goedert can do that, with a range of open-field moves capable of making Shady McCoy jealous. He possesses a beautiful stiff arm, shedding defensive backs as his long strides eat up the turf. Even when he’s finally surrounded, expect an authoritative finish, with defenders pin balling everywhere. There is little more satisfying than a tightend hitching opponents onto their backs for a long and painful ride. Goedert combines impressive speed and acceleration with a physical mentality, a nightmare for any defender. Wentz’s alma mater was certainly sick of the sight of him. Watch as he twice gashes them for big gains.

As much as his finish might remind you of a peak-era Brent Celek, Goedert retains enough balance and athletic ability to also evade tacklers. Few tightends opt for the spin move, but the former Jackrabbit has a diverse box of tricks, boosting his chances in the open-field.

The former North Dakota State product’s blocking has been criticised. I see a guy who is willing and predominantly effective. Whether asked to act at the primary point of attack blocker on outside zone or power, Goedert generally succeeds in his assignment. I’d fancy him isolated on a safety blocking in front of a wide screen. Watch him destroy the backside edge here on inside zone. I would not describe Goedert as one dimensional.

Weaknesses
Obviously, the level of competition is worth bearing in mind. I’m of the opinion that it is not worth speculating too wildly as to how valuable FCS production is relative to the FBS. That said, Carson Wentz was a slightly different matter, because quality of supporting cast and quality of opponent tend to broadly even each other out. Still, we’ve see some of that scary athleticism work just as effectively at the pro-level. Overall, I don’t expect that FCS-level defenders alone would have struggled to contain Goedert.

The only glaring weakness in the Eagles’ first pick of 2018’s game is his occasional lack of concentration. Occasionally plays pop up which are completely out of character. Despite his potential for the sublime, there are some easy grabs Goedert should make. He left a couple touchdowns on the field through sloppy concentration in both 2016 and 2017.

Overall, the Eagles ended the first two days with an extra second-round pick in 2018, and a tightend set for a significant role as a rookie.

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