“He can go get the high ball, but what’s even more impressive is how he can go get the low ball,” Schleusner said. “Balls behind him, or thrown at his feet, he suctions everything in. You talk about a catch radius, he’s got a huge one.”
Another test Goedert excels in is the 20-yard short shuttle drill, known as the 5-10-5, in which prospects run 5 yards, stop and run 10 in the opposite direction, then reverse again for 5 more yards. It measures change-of-direction, agility, and quickness, and it’s among the drills Goedert will test in at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Goedert gave brief consideration to leaving SDSU last year and entering the draft, and interest from agents came as a shock to the family. The agents ultimately advised Goedert that the strength and depth of the 2017 tight end class — five of the first 45 selections were tight ends, including three of the first 23 picks — made it wise for him to stay in school for a fifth year. He listened. As such, he’s now on track to graduate in December with a degree in operations management.
A couple years ago he returned to Britton-Hecla High and gave a speech at the annual sports banquet. He implored the Braves athletes to put more effort into their training than he did. Two weeks ago, sitting in the SDSU players’ lounge with “The Price Is Right” providing background noise, he stared right through Drew Carey as he acknowledged it again.
“As a kid, you always had an excuse,” he said. “I played around with weights sometimes just to see what I could do, but I never was on a program.”
Goedert decided on football over basketball just before his senior year, but being the best athlete in the area had drawn just one scholarship offer — to Northern State, a Division II school close to home — and Goedert had ambitions to play on a higher level, even if it meant walking on.