Photo of Marquise Goodwin
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 3
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 78

Combine Results

Grade
68.5 ?
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Now we've got the Mike Wallace complement to (Robert Woods). He's a vertical threat. Here's an Olympic track athlete who at the Senior Bowl all of a sudden showed up and ran by everybody." -- Mike Mayock

  • 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 Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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