When a high school defensive tackle is credited with 25 sacks over his last two seasons, one would expect him to become a difference-maker on that side of the ball for whichever lucky college he decides to play. But after a redshirt season at UCF, coaches moved Goins to the offensive line – a move that has already paid dividends for the Golden Knights, and just might give him a career in the National Football League.
Goins (whose full first name is Thaophilius) did not play the first seven games of the 2009 season, but started six of the last seven at his new position of right guard. He played in 13 games his sophomore year, though his starting assignment came at left guard for seven of those contests. Goins gained more of a full-time role in 2011, starting 10 of 12 games and garnering honorable mention All-Conference USA accolades for his efforts.
Impressive frame certainly gets the attention of scouts; he has a tall build with good lower-body thickness that he uses to anchor against strong rushes. Holds his ground in pass protection, also fights back using his strong upper body to turn his man out of the hole. Great potential as a drive-blocker because of his pure power off the ball and willingness to finish plays once engaged. Possesses good enough foot quickness to reach linebackers and move a bit behind the line of scrimmage.
Aggressive nature and wish to use his natural strength to latch onto defenders will cause him to overextend in pass protection and lose his balance when trying to fit on a target in space. Tends to play high, and also stops his feet too early in the play, preventing him from sustaining his block. Looks heavy-footed at times and doesn’t have the agility or speed to regularly lead plays outside.
Goins is a tall, powerful interior player who has started at least of UCF’s games in each of the last three years. Though still raw in his footwork, potentially dropping him into the mid-Saturday draft range, his impressive strength as a drive-blocker and in pass protection gives him a chance to start at the next level.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
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).
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.
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.
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.