Excellent production. Then he had an opportunity to go to the Senior Bowl. Both Pro Bowl tight ends routinely beat linebackers down the seam and out-muscle safeties on shorter routes.
Per ESPN's Todd Archer, the Cowboys didn't have their sights set on Goedert. "And I like a lot of things that he does and I think I can do well". He averaged 82 catches for 1,200 yards with a combined 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons while playing against FCS competition.
Some fans were not happy that the Eagles were going to sit at No. 52 and wait to make their first selection of the draft, and it seemed Roseman felt the same.
But Sweat checked out medically at the NFL Scouting Combine, posting a 4.53 time in the 40-yard dash.
In four seasons at South Dakota State, Goedert compiled 2,988 career receiving yards, 21 touchdowns on 198 receptions. Wentz texted him after he was picked. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas chose to trade up to take the guy they want. "He's been around the building talking to us about him a little bit. The quarterbacks are excited".
He's also a player who fits a need for Philadelphia, which lost Trey Burton in free agency and released 11-year veteran Brent Celek, and the Eagles made sure they got him by moving ahead of a team with a need at the position.
Goedert is confident he can develop into a top-flight tight end in the National Football League, using Wentz and former Northern Iowa running back David Johnson as examples of former Valley players who have thrived in the NFL.
There will be growing pains despite his early confidence.
"The first one was, 'Let's go, homie!' with sunglasses and a pound fist", Goedert said via conference call, drawing laughs.
Wentz shared his enthusiasm with Goedert directly. And what he lacks in experience, his natural ability should compensate.
It could be only a matter of time before he contributes.
Goedert is a very talented pass catching tight end with the ability to work all three levels of the field.