Former Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin was an Olympic long jumper and may be the best athlete at this year’s Scouting Combine. But he wants to be more than that: Goodwin wants to be the fastest man ever to run at any Scouting Combine.
Goodwin told reporters today that he thinks he can break the 40-yard dash record, which Titans running back Chris Johnson set with a 4.24-second time in 2008.
“I want to run the fastest  ever,” Goodwin said Friday. “That’s my goal.”
Goodwin didn’t have to be prompted to say that Johnson’s record is what he’s aiming for.
“Chris Johnson, 4.24, fully automated,” he said. “So . . . that’s my goal.”
In his final college game, Goodwin was the MVP of Texas’s Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State. In that game, Goodwin had a 64-yard touchdown run and a 36-yard touchdown catch, but he said he wants NFL teams to know that his football skills are not limited to his speed.
“I’m looking to run the fastest, but I want to prove that I’m more than a speed guy,” he said. “I can run routes. . . . I’m definitely not a track guy playing football. I’m a football guy that just happens to jump really far. . . . I want to show I can catch the ball away from my body. Anyone can run a 40. . . . Track guys just really have linear speed. I have proved I have more than linear speed. Track guys are known for not being able to catch, for not having good hands. I run routes, get out of my breaks. I can run other routes other than just running the nine. I’m tough. I have taken on hits, I’ve blocked. I even got MVP for blocking one game and I didn’t even touch a ball that game. I don’t think a track guy could go out there and get MVP for blocking.”
For NFL teams, Goodwin’s body of work on the field will mean a lot more than his 40 time. But a 40-yard dash record would certainly open some eyes.