Marquise Goodwin WR Texas #84
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Size/Athleticism: Vastly undersized, but has the speed to make up for it. He is essentially a less polished version of Tavon Austin. But physically, he and Austin are virtually identical players. Experienced returning kicks and should immediately make an impact on special teams. Member of the US Olympic team in 2012, competing in the long jump.
Separation Skills: A true deep threat. Requires the attention of the deep safety, because few cornerbacks are able to stay with him on deep routes. In a one-on-one matchup, he will create separation over the top at least 95 percent of the time. Start-and-stop ability is impressive. Route running is very raw. He creates separation based on his speed, but he doesn’t fool defensive backs with his moves.
Ball Skills: Frequently catches the ball with his body. He isn’t a natural pass-catcher and needs to work on his technique. He struggles to adjust to the ball in the air. He also is very limited in his ability to battle for jump balls. On the deep route, he needs to be hit in stride because he won’t go up and pluck the ball away from the defensive back. He struggles to put himself in the best position to make those types of plays, and often allows the defensive back to become the receiver.
Intangibles: Despite being a star track athlete, he isn’t a converted track athlete. He’s played football throughout his career, and has plenty of experience.
Durability: Suffered a hand injury in 2012 which limited him for a few games.
Comments: Goodwin’s athleticism could make him an immediate impact player on special teams, but he is extremely raw. He has never learned how to become a complete receiver, and appears content to win based off speed alone. He will definitely make plays at the next level, but until he learns how to win with more than just speed alone, his impact will be limited to a handful of plays per game.