Former University of Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is an enticing talent who was taken at the midpoint in the draft mainly because of his blazing 40-yard time of 4.27 seconds. Speed is definitely his game, which is also why he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in London last summer.
If you value college production, you’re going to hate Goodwin. He is one of the least productive receivers available in this draft. In his best statistical year, he played in 10 games and had 33 catches, 421 yards and two touchdowns.
With a very undersized stature at 5’9” and 183 pounds, there are some limitations as to what Goodwin can do at the next level. He lacks the size and instincts to play outside consistently and has never proven himself to be a guy who understands the intricacies of route running.
There is a possibility that he ends up doing all the things in the pros that he failed to do in college, but I wouldn’t bet on it. From this point on in his football career, it only gets harder.
I cannot see Goodwin ever contributing regularly as a starter on offense, and his career in the NFL will likely be dependent upon the creativity of his offensive coordinators.
Goodwin is the second wide receiver drafted by the Bills, with Robert Woods going early in Round 2. Clearly Buffalo is loading up on offensive weapons in the passing game to give EJ Manuel a nice young arsenal of targets.
On the surface it seems like Goodwin would make a fantastic slot guy, but upon closer look he fails to show much in the way of changing direction and agility.
Perhaps he can turn it loose and utilize his speed as a return guy on special teams, right? Well, the same issues that hurt in the slot will hurt him as a return guy as well. It’s difficult to figure out exactly how Goodwin fits in Buffalo’s plans. He should provide value somehow but his limitations and unimpressive production lead me to believe his role will be as a reverse guy and trick-play weapon.
How would you grade this selection?
I’m not sure I really like the pick here for Buffalo given the limitations mentioned earlier. Plus, the roster already has a quick undersized wideout in T.J. Graham. Where Goodwin fits is a bit of a puzzle here, but trying to figure that out should be fun considering the kind of rare speed Goodwin brings to the table.
Markus Wheaton would have been a much better pick here as I had him as one of most complete receivers in the draft. I was more shocked to see him available here than I was Goodwin.
But hey, speed wins right?