With a depth chart of Vance McDonald, Jesse James and Xavier Grimble some might think the tight end position is one of need for the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the team can always add depth at the position with talent so thin.
Steelers tight end coach James Daniel was in attendance at the South Dakota State Pro Day recently to get a up-close-and-personal look at tight end Dallas Goedert.
Tight ends coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens were on hand for the workout. The Ravens also sent their assistant head coach.
Tight end Dallas Goedert, who just started running two weeks ago after rehabbing the hamstring he injured during the first day of Senior Bowl practice, posted a 35-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump and timed 6.87 in the three-cone and 4.06 in the short shuttle.
He looked terrific in pass-catching and blocking drills. Though he didn’t run the 40, the overall feedback from coaches on hand was positive.
While tight end is far from a huge need for the black-and-gold, it is a position of interest for the team who is still looking for a replacement of Heath Miller, although we all know you can never truly replace a Steelers legend like Miller.
Goedert is projected to be a Day 1 or early Day 2 draft pick, and has drawn comparisons to Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz.
Here is what was said about him on his NFL Draft Profile:
Goedert is a very talented pass catching tight end with the ability to work all three levels of the field. His ball focus and ability to make the spectacular catch will make him the darling of fans and media throughout the draft process, but, he still has work to do. Goedert dominated a lower level of competition and will have to prove he can uncover and block against bigger, more explosive athletes as a pro. The size, speed and talent is there for him to succeed as a very good combo tight end if he works and plays with a little more urgency.
What do you think of Goedert as a prospect? As well as the team addressing the tight end position early in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft? Let us know in the comment section below!