The Buffalo Bills shocked the world by taking Florida State quarterback in the first round, and added an extra weapon in speed demon Marquise Goodwin in the second day of the NFL Draft. The Bills chose the receiver out of University of Texas with the 78th pick, and Goodwin could be a godsend for a Bills team short on receiving depth.
Why the Bills Chose Goodwin
There's nothing sexier to NFL scouts than speed and Goodwin is the best NFL draft prospect in that regard, running a 4.27 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine and adding a 42-inch vertical jump at his Texas Pro Day. That was enough to leave scouts drooling.
The 2012 Holiday Bowl served as Goodwin's coming out party, as he rushed and caught touchdowns in the Texas win over Oregon State. He's an incredibly raw prospect but that just feeds into the egos of coaches. Everybody believes they can be the one that turns a piece of coal into a diamond. Goodwin has the shine already. Now he needs to gain some polish.
Where does Goodwin Fit in with the Bills?
As we said before, the Bills were desperate to add receiver depth (No receiver outside of Steve Johnson had more than 31 receptions last season) and they did that by drafting Robert Woods from USC and Goodwin to follow. Woods and Goodwin offer appealing second and third receiving options behind Johnson, as Woods excels at intermediate routes and Goodwin has the ability to beat the defense over the top. The Bills will also line him up all over the field and in the backfield at times. There isn't a faster duo in the NFL than Goodwin and running back C.J. Spiller. At his best, and we're perhaps being a bit too optimistic, he could be DeSean Jackson 2.0.
The Bottom Line
It's difficult to project what the Bills will get out of Goodwin, as he often appeared to be the best kept secret on the Longhorns' offense. It's hard to know a player's ceiling when they only catch 26 passes their senior year. Still, his otherworldly speed and leaping ability will offer him an opportunity to make an impact, particularly now that Donald Nelson has made his way to New England. If Goodwin can gain some strength, work on his route tree, and limit his dropped passes, the Bills will have a tremendous deep threat dynamic with Manuel under center and Goodwin burning up the sidelines.