The Chargers sent newly appointed tight ends coach Rip Scherer to South Dakota State’s pro day on Friday to take in the performance of top tight end prospect Dallas Goedert, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. Scherer was one of seven tight end coaches to attend the pro day, a group that included coaches from the Eagles, Dolphins, and Saints.
At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Goedert is a beast of a pass-catcher who is arguably the top tight end prospect in this year’s class. According to Pro Football Focus, Goedert was by far and away the top guy at his position in 2017.
Ranking the TE prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, led by South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert!— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 5, 2018
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Goedert was having himself a phenomenal start to Senior Bowl week until a hamstring injury in the first practice derailed his chances of playing in the all-star game. This injury also kept him from participating at the NFL combine and in the forty-yard dash at his pro day. He did, however, participate in the rest of the drills where he posted a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1 broad jump, a 6.87 3-cone drill, and a 4.06 in the short shuttle.
After being overlooked by the big name schools, Goedert chose to stay in-state and attend South Dakota State where he would blossom into one of the best players in the entire country at the FCS level. During his senior season, Goedert amassed 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns on 92 catches on route to garnering consensus First-Team All-American honors. He was also a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award which is given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.