INDIANAPOLIS — It was the tight ends’ turn to face the bright lights Friday afternoon.
Pass catchers and run blockers all in one, tight ends saddled up to podiums at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Some talked about their play on the field or their college careers. Others revealed information about their personal backgrounds.
Here are highlights from the tight ends at the combine:
Pre-combine draft rankings: Mayock 1, Brooks 2
On his baseball background: “In high school I was lucky enough to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Drafted as a pitcher, played three years in their system. Struggled through a lot of things, developed the yips, kind of lost my fastball. I battled with that for three years, tried a lot of things to right that. Ended up calling one of my good buddies from back home. He ended up getting me in contact with Steve Spurrier, Jr., which helped me walk on at South Carolina. Having the ability to be drafted in one sport and now in a couple months, my second sport, I’m just humbled and blessed to be in this situation.”
On his best football traits: “I think it’s my sure-handedness. I dropped one pass in three years at South Carolina. My speed — I hope to run in the 4.5s tomorrow. That’s what I’ve been training at. And just my physicality. My run blocking can obviously be better; I think you can say that about a lot of things, but I think my physicality and my want-to in the blocking game also separates me.”
Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
Pre-combine draft rankings: Mayock 2, Brooks 1
On getting injured at the Senior Bowl: “Going out there for my first couple reps, I was able to win the reps. I was really excited to be out there … and I think I would have had a really great week out there, so it was really upsetting [that I got hurt]. I’m still kind of upset, but it happened, and you have to roll with the punches and keep going.”
On his versatility on the field: “I’m going to be a three-down tight end in the league, so I’m going to have to be able to block. I didn’t do a ton of blocking at South Dakota State, but when I did, I put my head in…