Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman is a prospect that the Falcons have been looking at in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Falcons don't tend to draft players in the first three rounds unless they have brought them in for workouts or have been previously connected to them before the draft. According to Adam Caplan, Goodman has a private workout with the Falcons:
Adam Caplan @caplannfl
One of my top sleeper DE/OLBs-- Malliciah Goodman-- has visits with ATL and PIT. Longest arms (36) and wingspan (over 87) at combine.2013-3-26 13:17:46
This would make sense as the Falcons have been looking for a pass rusher to team wih new acquisition Osi Umenyiora and recent draft picks Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews. Let's explore Goodman's credentials as they relate to the Falcons:
Height: 6'3-5/8" Weight: 276 pounds
Arm Length: 36-3/8" Hand Measurement: 11"
40 yard dash: 4.87 sec. 10 yard split: 1.65 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.48 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.10 sec. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 33.0" Broad Jump: 9'9"
2012: 13 Games Played, 20 Tackles, 9.5 Tackles for Loss, 7.0 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries, 4 Fumbles Forced, 1 Pass Deflection
2011: 14 Games Played, 50 Tackles, 4.5 Tackles for Loss, 2.5 Sacks, 8 QB Hurries,1 Fumble Forced, 1 Pass Deflection
2010: 13 Games Played, 32 Tackles, 3.5 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sack, 1 QB Hurry, 3 Fumbles Forced, 1 Pass Deflection
2009: 14 Games Played, 26 Tackles, 6.0 Tackles for Loss, 2.0 Sacks, 1 QB Hurry
Goodman can set the edge well and is able to penetrate through multiple blockers using his athleticism. He's got top-notch length and athleticism to combine with solid strength. He gets good jump off of the line and can get pressure quickly.
He was extremely productive during the last seven games of his college career once he improved his hand usage and learned a pass-rushing move. It gives an idea of just how good he could be once he finally develops three or four solid moves.
As a run-stuffer, Goodman has trouble shedding blocks sometimes despite having long arms and keeping the blockers away from his body. He needs to learn better hand techniques and would benefit from incorporating MMA training like Jiu Jitsu—the art of using your opponents' momentum against them.
As a pass rusher, it comes right back to his hand usage again. He gets great leverage, but without any real pass-rushing moves, he doesn't get much pressure. He would benefit greatly from better coaching and a mentor who is already a top-notch pass-rusher in the NFL.
Malliciah Goodman is a good, long-term fit for the strong-side end role in a 4-3 or a weak-side end role in the 3-4. He can play the 3-, 5-, 6- and 7-techniques. But he also has the speed to rush off the edge in the 9-technique. In layman's terms, he's a really solid base defensive end, but has potential to be a 6-8 sack player every year with solid run defense.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Goodman has never been arrested or suspended. He was selected in high school as a community captain by scout.com. He was also selected by his coaches during his senior year of college as a team captain. There are also no concerns about work ethic or football IQ.
Considering that this is a squeaky clean guy off the field and a captain on it, it's safe to say that he is a good fit for the Comrade Filter. He will be someone that Atlanta will be targeting in the first three rounds of the draft and could easily be the third-round pick.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
The Falcons would have to take Malliciah Goodman with either their second- or third-round pick. However, he would definitely be worth it. He's a leader who could add pass rush to the Falcons. His only real issues in his game are all coachable.
A year as a rotational pass rusher with Jonathan Massaquoi behind Kroy Biermann and Osi Umenyiora would be the best way to get Goodman up to speed. His best fit is at base left end and he could also slide inside to 3-technique on passing downs. Long-term, he's a starting-caliber player with the potential of a Justin Tuck.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.