Photo of Chris  Godwin
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 20
  • Overall 84

Combine Results

5.73 ?
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.21 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Basketball on grass. They keep surrounding Jameis with young people. Another guy who can run. Godwin was sensational in the Rose Bowl, but he had a big season as well. It wasn't just one game." -- Charles Davis

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 209LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands


The Delaware Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2013 (state-record 18 touchdowns as a senior, 15 career return touchdowns) has helped Penn State make national headlines for the right reasons over the past three years. Rod Christopher Godwin contributed immediately for the Nittany Lions, starting three games (25-321, two TDs). He had a breakout sophomore season, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors with 69 catches for 1,101 yards and five scores. Though some of his receiving numbers were down in an honorable mention all-conference junior year (59-982), Godwin scored a career-high 11 times. He saved the best performances in his career for bowl games, first as a freshman (7-140, TD vs. Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl), then in 2015 (6-133 vs. Georgia in Bowl) and finally in his last college game (9-187, 2 TDs vs. USC in the Rose Bowl).



Plays with good determination and strength through his routes. Always ready to hand fight in his release or within the route. Creates some separation through good route leverage. Presses aggressively into defender before making his break at the top of the route. Unafraid to test the middle of the field. Natural hands catcher with strong claws. Will make his money winning 50/50 balls in the red-zone and down the field. Outstanding ball tracker and rarely adjusts to the deep ball prematurely. Waits to begin body adjustment until timing is right. Has plus body control and can rise up and wrestle the throw away from cornerbacks. Works well with quarterbacks during scrambles. Is an average, but willing blocker. Strikes cornerbacks with inside hands and looks to sustain.


Longer cornerbacks with quick hands can fluster him in his release. Balance issues show up when he fails to keep his shoulders over his feet getting into and out of his cuts. Needs to make an effort to play with more consistent tempo at tall times. Bigger NFL cornerbacks can squat on his routes and eliminate his catch windows on the first two levels. Runs routes with heavy feet. Unable to generate separation through route quickness or acceleration out of his breaks. Vertical routes lack good turnover in his feet and he’s unable to climb over the top of cornerbacks. Had six games where he was held under 40 yards receiving.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

NFL Comparison

Jermaine Kearse

Bottom Line

Competitive ball-winner with excellent ball skills and decent size. Godwin is a build-up runner who needs longer runways to do his best work so he will need to be paired with a play-action based passing game that allows him time to get into his intermediate and deep routes. Godwin lacks quickness and is not a natural separator so it will be imperative that he continue to sharpen his route skills if he wants to ascend and become a solid WR2 in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster