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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - South Dakota State Jackrabbits tight end Dallas Goedert (TE08) speaks with media during the NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - South Dakota State Jackrabbits tight end Dallas Goedert (TE08) speaks with media during the NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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SB Nation’s NFL Draft expert Dan Kadar released a post-free agency update to his ongoing series of mock drafts this week, and he has the New Orleans Saints getting a great option at tight end for Drew Brees after the team spent most of its resources on defense: South Dakota State Jackrabbits tight end Dallas Goedert.

I like this pick for a couple of reasons, mainly the Saints lacking a top-flight pass catcher at the position. Goedert utterly dominated his level of competition and showed enough technique and athleticism to make me think he can take off running at the next level, especially in an offense as friendly to his talents as New Orleans’. Here’s what Kadar had to say about the pick:

Unless one of the top edge players lands in the Saints’ lap, it’s still difficult to see them not taking a tight end. That’s especially true after New Orleans gave linebacker Demario Davis a three-year contract.

Goedert was not able to complete athletic testing at the Scouting Combine after badly pulling a hamstring during the opening hours of Reese’s Senior Bowl practices, but he has impressed teams in interviews and is seen as one of the top options at tight end - other guys in the conversation include Penn State Nittany Lions all-star Mike Gesicki and the South Carolina Gamecocks pro-ready Hayden Hurst.

Thanks to hindsight, we can reflect on this pick after the first wave of Saints free agency (and the other picks in Kadar’s mock). Vote in the poll below to let me know what you think of it:

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