Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor (HT: 5’11”; WT: 194 lbs)
Sixth Round: 197th Pick
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- Height and weight meet the NFL average for starting cornerbacks. Some teams won’t consider drafting a cornerback that is shorter than 5’11”, so Goodson will be appealing size-wise for a majority of teams.
- Former basketball player, and his pure athleticism translates well to football. His hips are smooth and allow him to turn and run vertically with most receivers.
- Played on an island at Baylor, often without safety help over the top, yet performed well in a high-volume passing conference.
- Projects to be a good man-coverage corner that can play directly on the receiver or off-man due to his closing speed.
- Flashed the ability to track the ball while it is in mid-air and can certainly high point at the point of contest. As he gains experience, he should continue to improve his awareness and confidence.
- Recognizes routes well, often staying on the hip of the receiver and able to make a play on the ball as it arrives. For being inexperienced, his technique and timing are above average.
- Hard hitter that can finish tackles on bigger players. He seems to attack with reasonable and controlled aggression, limiting the opportunities for broken or missed tackles.
- Relatively high upside because he only played cornerback for three seasons, the first of which he played sparingly.
- Relatively old for an NFL rookie because he entered college in 2008. Being 25 years old by the opening kickoff is usually an indicator of limited career development.
- He has heavy feet that cause him to struggle covering underneath routes. His trigger from backpedal to next movement isn’t as crisp as it could be.
- Despite having fluid hips, he doesn’t explode out of his cuts, leaving him vulnerable to deep post routes. Having a deep safety will greatly help him in the NFL and isn’t a difficult adjustment for defensive coaches.
- His inexperience shows when he gets overly grabby on deep routes because he doesn’t locate the ball. The NFL will continue to target him until he proves he can be consistent and difficult to beat.
- Overall speed is good, but distance speed isn’t elite, and many NFL receivers are faster. His technique will need to improve to overcome the slight physical disadvantages he has.
- Injury-plagued career will place major value on his medical results. No player can make a roster if they can’t get on the field.
- Brother of Mike Goodson, running back for the Carolina Panthers.
- Former point guard for Gonzaga University before transferring to play football in 2011.
- Graduated in 2013 with a degree in general studies.
Goodson is a raw athlete at this point, but he’s also older than most incoming rookies, so his projection is difficult.
He needs major technique work, but he flashes the ability to be a big time cornerback, so if his medical reports are clean, he is worthy of an early Day 3 look.
Draft Projection: Fourth round
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