Marquise Goodwin to Bills: How Does WR Fit with Buffalo?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 26, 2013

Sept 29, 2012; Stillwater, OK, USA; Texas Longhorns receiver Marquise Goodwin (84) is pushed out of bounds by Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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The Bills will be operating an high-tempo, West Coast offense in 2013 and beyond, a system that's predicated on short-to-intermediate passes and providing skill-position players space to excel after the catch. 

Marquise Goodwin is undoubtedly a YAC kind of guy. 

He is the fastest straight-line prospect in the entire class—4.27 time in the 40—and his elusiveness in the open field is stunning on tape. 

As if C.J. Spiller alone wasn't enough of a dynamic weapon. 

When E.J. Manuel takes over as Buffalo's starting quarterback, whenever that may be, Goodwin should be utilized in read-option looks as the motion man who will threaten defenses laterally with his ability to tightly turn the corner at a tremendously rapid pace. 

Furthermore, Goodwin should occasionally be used on go-routes to vertically stretch opposing defenses.

If he can beat press coverage at the line, he'll win just about every foot race down the field.

It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Nate Hackett juggles Goodwin and 2012 draftee T.J. Graham, a speed specialist in his own right. 

Theoretically, they could spell each other, but if and when they're on the field at the same time, safeties certainly will be on their toes. 

Leodis McKelvin is a Pro Bowl return man, and Goodwin could ultimately be the other player back on kickoffs. 

He averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return as a senior with the Longhorns.

If McKelvin has a more significant defensive role in 2013, there's a chance the Bills coaching staff will rather keep him fresh for his cornerback duties than run him out for every kickoff or punt, especially if Goodwin's collegiate return prowess translates to the NFL

Speed is undoubtedly the new theme of the Buffalo Bills.