Goodson is listed at 6-foot-1, 242 pounds, and is a versatile linebacker who can play both inside and outside. He recorded 108 tackles, 14.5 for loss, as well as racking up 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, five passes defensed and two interceptions.
Goodson seemed more than happy that he will be coming to the bright lights of New York this season.
“Definitely wanted to be there. Definitely a legendary place…a place where football is very, very important," stated Goodson. "They talk about the New York Football Giants, man, and finding out how much that means to the city and the community…it’s really, really big.”
Goodson has been hailed as one of the best pure tacklers of this draft class, as he excels in shedding blocks and stopping the run. Linebacker was a major need for the Giants, and Goodson should be able to compete for a starting job right away.
When asked about what the Giants envision for Goodson, he said:
“Definitely a great linebacker," noted Goodson. "They saw me helping out on special teams. The special teams coach really likes me a lot. I really, really enjoyed the relationship with the linebackers coach. I really, really just fell in love with everything on my visit.”
The Giants can only hope that Goodson’s enthusiasm will translate to production on the field. He will have every opportunity to become an eventual starting linebacker, and his flexibility to play both the MIKE and SAM linebacker positions could be a difference maker.
“I actually moved out to outside linebacker my junior year because Coach saw a fit. He saw how dedicated I was, he saw the talent in me, and he wanted to get me on the field. With having Stephone and Tony Steward, having those guys out there, just being able to get me out there with those guys. So I learned the SAM linebacker position, and then once Stephone left, I went back home to the MIKE position and it played out from there.”
Goodson looks like a rock solid fourth round pick, and his production at Clemson should be able to translate at the NFL level.