Detroit Lions: A tight end for every round

16 Dec 2001: Tight End David Sloan (Getty Images)
16 Dec 2001: Tight End David Sloan (Getty Images) /
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Goedert does a great job of boxing out defenders on contestable balls. He runs his routes at high speed, if not with a lot of nuances. There are times where he opts for the circus catch with a stabbing single hand where it would have been more advisable, and quite possible, to use two. Particularly with a portable cannon equipped quarterback like Matthew Stafford that could be a problem at the next level.

Goedert takes short strides. On one hand that makes wrapping both his legs up a little easier for tacklers. On the other hand, it tends to be a good thing for route running eventually. Every time a foot touches the ground is an opportunity to change direction, so Godert’s choppy steps could be a plus at some point in his career with solid coaching. Unfortunately, he really leans into his cuts at this point. He is going to have to work on masking his routes to be a productive NFL player.

Goedert locks onto the ball like an eagle locked onto lunch. He doesn’t drop balls particularly often, and never drops the easy ones. His issues are technique related. He will likely be a productive tight end in year two of his career. Fortunately, the Lions put a couple veterans in place to prevent him from hitting the field before he’s ready.