Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 3/78 -- Marquise Goodwin, WR, 5-9, 179, Texas...A very intriguing player who adds to the team's overall speed. Was the NCAA long jump champion who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Clocked a 4.34 dash time for scouts and also impressed the Bills with his desire and ability to block, which will earn him playing time if he can do that at the NFL level. Was a four-year football player at Texas and wound up playing 50 games. Joins a team where jobs are open at wide receiver. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 3/78 -- Marquise Goodwin, WR, 5-9, 179, Texas...A very intriguing player who adds to the team's overall speed. Was the NCAA long jump champion who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Clocked a 4.34 dash time for scouts and also impressed the Bills with his desire and ability to block, which will earn him playing time if he can do that at the NFL level. Was a four-year football player at Texas and wound up playing 50 games. Joins a team where jobs are open at wide receiver. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The common thread among Buffalo's eight draft picks is outstanding speed, with receiver Marquise Goodwin running the fastest 40-yard time at 4.34 seconds and kicker Dustin Hopkins running the "slowest" at 4.71. Getting younger and faster is something new coach Doug Marrone is happy about. "We are looking really for those playmakers, looking for when you send a group on the field people are worried about them getting behind them," Marrone said. "I think when you look at our overall team speed, our overall production from the players we have and the players we acquired, we have the ability to put quite a few playmakers on the field." - The Sports Xchange
03/29/13 - 2013 Texas Pro Day: Marquise Goodwin, WR (5-9, 177) - Goodwin is a world-class track and field athlete, and is a two-time NCAA champion (and Texas record-holder) in the long jump and a four-time All-American. Not surprisingly, he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine (officially at 4.27 seconds). At Texas’ pro day, Goodwin recorded a 42-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-5 broad jump (topping his combine number of 11-foot-0). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 Texas Pro Day: Wide receiver Marquis Goodwin decided to rest on his blazing 4.27 40-yard dash from the combine, but did impress with a 42-inch vertical jump. He stood out catching the ball as well with the route quickness and vertical speed to make plays underneath and down the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/13 - The player who runs the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine won't just have bragging rights this year, they'll also get a contract offer from Adidas. The shoe company took out a full page ad in Saturday's Indianapolis Star announcing the unique deal. Adidas spokesperson Michael Ehrlich confirmed the contract offer to ESPN.com, but declined to say how much the contract would be worth.
Ironically, players aren't even allowed to wear Adidas on game day because the company doesn't have a marketing deal with the NFL. Under Armour and Nike are currently the only brands that can be worn during games.
Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is probably the early favorite in the clubhouse to run the fastest 40. Goodwin has been timed as fast as 4.26 and said on Friday that his goal is to break Chris Johnson's combine record of 4.24. The unofficial combine record is held by former Auburn running back Bo Jackson, who ran a 4.12 in 1986.
Speaking of Auburn, a darkhorse for the fastest 40 time is Tiger running back Onterio McCalebb. McCalebb has been timed as fast as 4.28 in the 40. One player who won't get the Adidas contract offer, but is worth mentioning, is Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead. Armstead ran a 4.71 40 on Saturday, which is the fastest time ever run by an offensive linemen at the combine. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
02/22/13 - Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had just 26 catches as a senior in Austin, but his speed and athleticism give scouts reason to think he'll be much more productive in the NFL. When asked how fast he wanted to run in the 40-yard dash, Goodwin kept it simple: “really fast.” But just how fast? “One of the fastest times, if not the fastest,” Goodwin said. “I want to run the fastest ever, that's my goal. Chris Johnson has the record at 4.24, that's my goal.”
Goodwin, whose best time in the 100 meter dash is 10.09, said he's matched the 4.24 40-yard dash mark during practice drills, but more importantly, he's looking to impress in the positional drills. The former track star says he's a football player first who just happens to run fast. “I've proved that I have more than just linear speed,” Goodwin said. “I have good hands, I run good routes and get out of my breaks. I can run other routes than just the ‘9'. I'm tough, can take hits and block.”
Among the other drills in Indianapolis, Goodwin is also expected to impress in the broad jump after finishing 10th in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in London this past summer. The broad jump at the combine is slightly different than the long jump in the Olympics because at the combine, the player must jump from a stationary position and stick the landing. But Goodwin still has high expectations. “The jump is a big goal of mine as well,” Goodwin added. “I'm looking forward to it, as well as all the other tests. But broad jump especially, the record is 11'5”.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Although he had a career-low 26 catches as a senior, Texas wide receiver Marquis Goodwin flashed elite-level speed and athleticism over his career, including last month in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. He participated in the London Olympics last summer and it would be a disappointment if he doesn't test off-the-charts in Indianapolis. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 4. WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas...A world-class athlete, Goodwin participated in the London Olympics last summer (placed 10th in the long jump) and is one of the best athletes in this year's draft class. He had a career-low 26 catches as a senior in Austin, but he was often misused in the Longhorns' offense and missed almost all of their summer practices. Goodwin is still rough around the edges, but he will test off-the-charts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/13 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY RISER: WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas (North Team)...An Olympic athlete will always be an intriguing NFL prospect, but Goodwin's senior season on the football field was average at best. However, through three days of practice at the Senior Bowl, Goodwin has looked much more natural and polished in his routes and catching the ball. His world-class speed translates well to the football field and he looks much more flexible in his patterns and breaks, catching just about everything thrown his way. A prospect who looks much different from the tape, Goodwin is forcing scouts to go back and study more on the former Longhorn, but it wouldn't be surprising if Goodwin vaults into the early rounds, similar to Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham a year ago. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/29/12 - Scouting the Texas special teams: Penn State transfer Anthony Fera was expected to take the kicking job, but missed the first month of the season with an injury and was ineffective when he did take over. Freshman Nick Jordan has made seven of his 11 attempts, as well as 24 of his 25 extra points. Alex King averages more than 45 yards a kick and has gotten 14 of his 35 punts inside the 20. D.J. Monroe and Marquis Goodwin are explosive kick returners, while Quandre Diggs and Mykkele Thompson take back punts, though the Longhorns average less than one return per game. - The Sports Xchange