Every year a handful of small-school receivers earn spots on NFL scouts’ radars because of their size and production -– and Goard has plenty of both. His tall, long frame helped him capture 39 passes for 627 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, in his first year as a full-time starter in 2011. This followed a solid sophomore campaign where he earned six starts in 11 games (20-315, five TD), and two years after a redshirt freshman season in which he played just three games with no receptions. Goard played in 10 games as a senior, and he caught 41 passes for 900 yards and eight touchdowns.
Good length and long arms. Room to comfortably add more weight. Gets off the line well when not pressed, and uses his long strides to fly past smaller cornerbacks playing off, giving up big plays despite the cushion. Shows good foot quickness for his size on various routes, can separate from his defender if given room and displays some elusiveness with the ball in his hands. Also presents the flexibility to avoid defenders in his route. Tough red zone and sideline match-up, capable of high-pointing passes and using his large hands to snatch wide or long passes out of the air -- sometimes with one hand.
Lean-bodied receiver, especially in the lower body. Concentration level and hands are a question mark, can struggle finding the ball coming over his shoulder, mistime his jumps when high-pointing the ball, and is inconsistent bringing in tougher catches when challenged. Physicality and toughness will also be questioned, does not always play as strong as his size indicates downfield and might struggle with strong veteran pro cornerbacks. Not practiced beating defenders using his hands at the top of the route. Hestitates as a run-blocker, should be dominating FCS defenders with his size and length.
Goard’s lean frame, average overall speed, and occasional concentration issues might give NFL scouts some pause, but his potential as an upside project could have a team select him late.
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.