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Interview with a small school hero: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

Dallas Goedert is the top prospect in 2018 NFL Draft for small schoolers. We are honored to interview him this season. Good Luck brother!

Only one South Dakota State Jackrabbit has ever been drafted in the first round. Back in 1975, Lynn Boden the offensive lineman made Brookings, South Dakota proud when the Detroit Lions selected him with the 13th pick of the draft.  Well this year, South Dakota State has an opportunity to have another player drafted as high as the first round.  His name is Dallas Goedert, the 6’5 tight end has the softest hands in the entire draft.

FUN FACT: Dallas Goedert almost went Division 2, before committing to South Dakota State

Goedert does not just catch the ball well, he can block and stretch the field. This year Jake Wieneke and Goedert are going to be very difficult for their opponents to cover.  I talked to several scouts this past week and they all told me Goedert is the best tight end in the entire draft.  If that is the case, Goedert could hear his name called as early as the first round.  Let’s meet Mr. Goedert himself in our interview with a small school hero:

What is your main goal going into your final season?

Help my team win a National Championship.

As a small schooler how are you planning to separate yourself from the other big school players?

To separate myself from bigger school players I plan to out work them in everything I do, whether its in the weight room, at practice or in the film room.

Who is the toughest player on the opposite side of the ball you have to face in practice?

Ryan Earith, he is a returning starting defensive end for us and he brings his best everyday to practice and is very competitive. 

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Jordan Brown is a shut down corner that has been great for our program, and has not received the recognition he deserves.

What’s your best memory of college so far?

When we went up to NDSU and beat them at home on a last play touchdown pass from Taryn to Jake was the most memorable game of my college career.

What is the most memorable play so far in your career?

I had a one handed catch against Drake that was number 5 on sports center top 10 plays. That was the coolest play I have been apart of. 

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Working with FCA I was able to coach a youth flag football team. Being able to teach the youth about God and football was a very cool experience for me. 

Why did you pick your current number?

My current number was assigned to me after my red shirt year and once I got it I fell in love with it. 

If an NFL GM was reading this (Which they do), how would you sell yourself in a couple sentences? 

I am a competitor and my will to win drives me to work my hardest on and off the field to be successful. I love football and want to continue to play it for many years to come, so I am doing everything I can to achieve that goal. 

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