2018 NFL Draft: Dalton Schultz a steal from Day 3

Stanford tight end in Dalton Schultz is one of the biggest steals among offensive players in the later rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The tight end position was rather thin in the 2018 NFL Draft class. Of all the tight ends in this class, the top one was South Carolina Gamecocks product Hayden Hurst who went to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round. After that, the tight ends dropped off a bit with Penn State Nittany Lions’ Mike Gesicki and South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert.

With the first two days of the 2018 NFL Draft in the books, with some very interested selections through the first three rounds, the fourth round should deliver some exciting results too.

Two of Stanford’s highest ranked players in safety Justin Reid and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, were both taken in Day 2 of the draft. Tight end Dalton Schultz followed later on Day 3.

The first tight ends selected in the fourth round were Miami Hurricanes’ Christopher Herndon to the New York Jets and Indiana Hoosiers’ Ian Thomas to the Carolina Panthers. Bleacher Report had Schultz ranked as the second best tight end available at the conclusion of the third round, but he was left out of the first two selections at the position.

Schultz brings a unique route running ability to the table and he has great ball skills. He’s also used to playing a key role in the ground game developing through Stanford’s offense with head football coach David Shaw. At this point in the draft, Schultz is a real value pick since he could compete for a starting job, and get some good playing time as a rookie in the league.

With their fourth round selection, the Dallas Cowboys snatched up this talented Stanford kid in Schultz. He’s a solid pickup for a squad that just had the unexpected retirement of All-Pro tight end Jason Witten. Schultz might not be he immediate answer to replace a guy at the level of Witten, but he’s a big body that’ll provide a ton of value to the Cowboys.