Malliciah Goodman to Falcons: How Does DE Fit with Atlanta?
Malliciah Goodman is an excellent fit for the Atlanta Falcons' needs, wants and aspirations this season. He's an ideal fit for Thomas Dimitroff's Comrade Filter and one of the better pass-rushers available at this point in the draft.
Atlanta stuck to its board and had shown a ton of interest in Goodman in the process leading up to the draft, so this pick was no surprise. It will be up to Goodman to show that a great finish to his college career was no fluke, and that he can duplicate it in the city of Atlanta.
On the field
Malliciah Goodman is an ideal fit for the 4-3 strong-side defensive end role behind Kroy Biermann and will compete with Cliff Matthews and Jonathan Massaquoi for playing time. He's a bit raw as a pass-rusher relying mainly on a bull rush to try and create pressure. Once he learns some more pass-rushing moves, the Falcons could have a true steal here.
He has ideal size for a defensive end at 6'3-5/8" and 276 pounds and can set the edge against the run better then most ends in this year's draft. He also has great quickness and is a power rusher. The Falcons ended up getting someone who can also play in a Justin Tuck-style role of defensive end in the base defense and in three-down linemen sets. But he would also be able to play the 3-technique in certain sets as well.
The biggest weaknesses are in his abilities to use his hands properly. Let's hope that the Falcons still do some of their MMA training because it could really benefit Goodman's game. He would truly benefit from learning some Jiu-Jitsu techniques that would show him how to use the offensive lineman's own momentum against themselves.
Off the Field
When it comes to the ideal Thomas Dimitroff player off of the field, you almost have to point to Malliciah Goodman. He was actually one of the biggest examples I used when describing Dimitroff's character guidelines—aka the Comrade Filter. He's someone who will be very charitable off the field as an active community leader.
When he was a senior in high school, he was voted a community captain by Scout.com. And when he was in college, he was voted as a captain on the Clemson football team. The Falcons want players who will buy into the team concept and understand that they are there to win a championship. Goodman is that kind of guy who will understand that and is used to winning with the Tigers.
He will be one of the toughest, hardest workers for the Falcons, and that's all they ask for from their players. The Falcons got a steal here with a second-round talent with first-round character here in the fourth round. They should be ecstatic that they got their guy so late.
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 DraftFalcons.com.
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