running the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds without training to perfect his time. He hasn't run another since. He suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear on Jan. 23, the first [url=http://www.authenticpittsburghpenguins.com/authentic-ryan-reaves-jersey]http://www.authenticpittsburghpenguins.com/authentic-ryan-reaves-jersey[/url] day of Senior Bowl practice, and did not work out at the scouting combine. Fully recovered by his pro day on March 30, Goedert opted out of the 40 but did all other drills.
It's unusual for a receiver not to have a current 40 time on record. But sitting in the local Applebee's, crushing a double order of artichoke dip and smothered chicken, Goedert said simply that he didn't need to run. "[The 40] was first," he said. "And there were maybe seven or eight tight ends coaches there. I wanted to do the position work. I felt like obviously teams want to [url=http://www.officialtitansfootballshop.com/titans+brian+orakpo+jersey]http://www.officialtitansfootballshop.com/titans+brian+orakpo+jersey[/url] see the 40, but my tape shows how fast I really am."
In truth, if there is any question about Goedert as the draft approaches, it's that his recent tape doesn't show much of the traditional in-line blocking NFL teams like to see. South Dakota State coaches had too many ideas for him as a receiver and scheme-buster to give him conventional blocking assignments. "I'm not going to say it would have been wasting him," offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness said, "but it would have been almost like wasting him."
Goedert is honest about his priorities. "Any tight end that says blocking is his favorite part of the game," he said, "is lying to you." But he is willing, he said, and scouts who have studied him don't have much of an issue. Steve Muench, who spends the year evaluating draft prospects for ESPN, gave Goedert an above-average grade for blocking. "There's room for improvement," Muench said. "[But] he's a willing run-blocker with the size and strength to compete as an in-line blocker and engulf smaller defenders as a move blocker in space. He's got the length to push linebackers past the hole when he climbs [url=http://www.authenticblackhawksite.com/-18-denis-savard-jersey_c-507.html]Denis Savard Jersey[/url] up to the second level, and he's competitive in pass pro."
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There is some lineage to consider, as well. Named "Dallas" by his biological father, a Cowboys fan, Goedert grew up rooting for the Green Bay Packers. The walls in his boyhood bedroom [url=http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Andrej-Sustr-Jersey]Andrej Sustr Jersey[/url] are painted a distinctive green, and a Brett Favre poster still hangs. Goedert long dreamed of playing in Green Bay and catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers' decision to sign Jimmy Graham in free agency makes the connection unlikely.
"The last few years, I thought it would be really cool to go play with Aaron Rodgers because he's one of the best and the way he can fling it," Goedert said. "But now I'll go anywhere. Any franchise that picks me up, I'll be more than happy to play for." He grinned wistfully as he mentioned Rodgers. For much of an hourlong conversation, though, he rarely cracked a smile. Goedert earned an operations management degree from South Dakota State's engineering school in December and responded to every question with a precisely formed answer.
A fuller picture of the man awaited two hours north in Britton, a town with a stop sign at its center and "more cows than people," according to Goedert. There, his extended family -- mother Mary, stepfather Gary, sisters Emily and Megan and their husbands and children -- gathered to share stories about him. "If you're too serious, Dallas can actually be annoying," Mary said. "He's not social until you get to know him, and then he's very funny." "My sides hurt after spending a day with him," Emily said. "Honestly, you laugh so much." "The big thing," [url=http://www.losangelesramshop.com/WOMENS-DOMINIQUE-EASLEY-JERSEY.html]http://www.losangelesramshop.com/WOMENS-DOMINIQUE-EASLEY-JERSEY.html[/url] Megan said, "is he's impatient. He likes to do things. He doesn't want to sit around all day."
Much like his one-handed catches at bedtime, everything develops into a game. Part of the reason Goedert is a Packers fan, he admits, is to [url=http://www.brownsfootballofficialprostore.com/brian-hartline-jersey_c-437.html]Brian Hartline Jersey[/url] give him a competitive foil. Most of Britton, and South Dakota for that matter, is Vikings territory. "When the Vikings played, I would bet my buddy a pop," he said, using the Midwestern term for soda. "And if I was a Vikings fan, I wouldn't be able to bet him -- or anyone." Watching television? Let's do a push-up contest during commercials. Jumping on the trampoline? Let's play "500." Swimming? Let's race.
The story of how Goeddert became a unicycle enthusiast goes back nearly 50 years, when Mary's father noticed one in [url=http://www.footballjetsofficialshop.com/Nike-Bruce-Carter-Jersey.html]http://www.footballjetsofficialshop.com/Nike-Bruce-Carter-Jersey.html[/url] a North Dakota parade and thought it would be fun for his family to try. Five of his daughters learned, including Mary, and when Goedert was old enough, his grandfather offered $50 to the first grandchild to learn. Goedert taught himself in a day, bracing the side of a wall until he felt balanced. Then he took off down the family's downhill driveway. There are no brakes on a unicycle, of course, so dismounting is perhaps the most difficult part. Essentially, you slow down and jump off the front.
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