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Goodwin’s speed shines light on talent/production debate

Senior Bowl Football AP

With the wide receiver 40-yard dashes in the books, we have established that Marquise Goodwin and Tavon Austin were fast, Goodwin slightly more so.

Then again, we already knew most of that, and that one of them looked like a football player during the regular season.

The difference between the two represents one of the bigger challenges for evaluators, trying to justify physical gifts with on-field production.

It’s clear that Goodwin has the physical talent. His unofficial times were both under 4.3 seconds, while Austin’s second was a 4.31 after they both logged 4.25s the first time through.

But that didn’t mean much on the field the last four years. Goodwin only touched the ball 38 times this season at Texas, with 26 receptions. He caught 120 passes in four seasons for the Longhorns.

Austin caught 114 passes his senior year alone, and had more yards from scrimmage his senior year (1,932) than Goodwin had in four years (1,780).

Weighing how much of that is the personnel around him (Austin was playing with a first-round quarterback in Geno Smith) and how much was scheme is something pro scouts have to decide.

Because while Goodwin has shown himself to be fast, his performance in the other drills will be important to show if he’s a football player.

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5 Responses to “Goodwin’s speed shines light on talent/production debate”
  1. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 24, 2013 10:40 AM

    Goodwin in the late third early fourth.

  2. deucez2 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:54 AM

    It’s a fair debate but you also have to look at who was QB at Texas for Goodwin’s SO thru SR seasons. Gilbert, Ash/McCoy, and Ash. That handicapped his production more that his skill set.

  3. mazblast says: Feb 24, 2013 11:00 AM

    There will be some speed-infatuated coach/GM/owner that will take Goodwin in the second round. Let them be the ones to find out if he’s a real player (once given an actual QB) or not; I’d rather take a chance on the guy who has had a real QB and who has gotten it done.

  4. thekingdave says: Feb 24, 2013 11:07 AM

    It’s because Goodwin went to UT, where Mack Brown brings in elite recruits based on their junior year in high school, only to not maximize their potential. A lot of these guys blossom in the NFL. When Muschamp was there guys were peaking (Orakpo, Kindle). Since he left, back to the same.

  5. mike5011ad says: Feb 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    Goodwin’s stats also suffered because of poor QB play at Texas. Garrett Gilbert left to go to SMU ( and wasn’t much better there), and Ash and McCoy are not good enough to start on some Sun Belt teams…

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