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WR KR Marquise Goodwin

I know he is a little bit on the small side at 5'9, but I think we should use a 3d rounder on this guy if hes available. That's if his stock doesn't explode after the combine. A lot of reports say he looked really sharp as a receiver during the senior bowl by displaying good hands and route running. Olympic speed could give us a jolt, and we wouldn't even need him to step in at WR right away. Could use him as a returner to start. What are your impressions of him and could you see him fitting on our team?
  • sfout
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Value of Goodwin in the late day 2 range over "reaching" for Tavon Austin in round 1. They bring the same skill set and build to the table with Austin being marginally faster than Goodwin but we should definitely look for a Harvin-like player to use out of the backfield as well as out wide. LMJ got this treatment a few times but I wish we would do it with him more often during the next season. Would also give us a more depth at the KR/PR positions with Ginn definitely on the way out.
[ Edited by sfout on Feb 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM ]
So fast. CBs playing off him really played off him, since he is so quick. At the same time, when CBs get in his face, he is raw at disengaging. Overall, a very solid prospect. Explosive. Made money during Senior Bowl week,
5'9"? Seattle will snap him up.
:18- easy TD couldn't locate ball but was well behind defense.
1:08- great burst of speed
2:59- nice catch and run
3:20- good move to get past defender
[ Edited by Ronnie49Lott on Feb 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM ]
Here's the write up from NFL.com:

WR Marquise Goodwin Texas


Grade 68.5 ?
5'9" Height
177LBS.Weight

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
[ Edited by Beeker on Feb 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM ]
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