Photo of Marquise Goodwin
Grade
68.55 ?
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 183LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Goodwin’s exploits on the track –- both in high school and college –- intrigue NFL scouts as much as his efforts on the field. The two-time Texas Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year won World Junior Championships in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay before heading to Texas, then captured the NCAA outdoor long jump title in 2009, 2010 and 2011. That sort of athleticism, along with the quickness and elusiveness he showed between the lines during this football career, will likely appeal to teams seeking a dynamic weapon in their offense.



His work on the track didn’t prevent him from playing immediately for the Longhorns on the gridiron. Goodwin played 14 games as a true freshman, starting two at receiver (30-279, TD) and returning kicks (16-349, TD). As a sophomore, he started seven of 11 games played (31-324, TD receiving) and followed that with a more productive junior year (seven starts, 33-421, 2 TDs receiving; 22-220 rushing). Finally, in his senior year, he totaled 25 catches for 299 yards, with three receiving scores. His rushing totals included 14 attempts for 181 yards and three touchdowns. Goodwin started to attract some major attention after he caught four passes for 68 yards and a score, and rushed for another in the Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon State.

Analysis

Strengths

Pure speed offers Goodwin the ability to beat defenders to and around the corner. Frequently sent in motion, gives a moving start or free release. Continues to hand fight downfield while blocking, gets into it with his opposition. Not afraid to hands catch over the middle, between linebacker and safety, and has speed to burn and break away if hit in stride. Utilizes head fakes on routes, animated movements. Protects body after the catch after slant, goes down to the ground to absorb contact. Makes defenders miss with lateral moves on kick return. Runs with shoulders over toes when expecting contact.

Weaknesses

Fails to cut back upfield on jet sweeps, prefers to string them out to the sideline. Does not have the size to prevent defenders from crossing his face when awaiting targets in a short zone. Surprised by the pass too often, gets to him too quickly and struggles to turn head with hands at the ready. Limited route tree. Mostly targeted on quick screens and go routes. Struggles to avoid contact when dealing with physical coverage, and gets stuck vs. pressing corners at the line of scrimmage. Breaking routes are rounded with a lack of explosiveness. Open field cuts do not pick up much ground. Lacks the size and running style to stay up on first contact.

NFL Comparison

Mike Wallace

Bottom Line

Goodwin’s lack of bulk might be an issue when taking hits from NFL-sized defenders, but scouts can’t ignore the athleticism that allowed him to win multiple long jump titles in the World Junior Championships during his high school days and NCAA outdoors once he reached UT. He won the long jump title at the U.S. Olympic trials, finishing 10th in the event in London. If he can prove himself as a more consistent route runner, the vertical threat that his pure speed makes him will potentially attract some Day 2 looks.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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