Scouting Report: OLB Jon Goddard, 6th Round Pick

With their second selection in the sixth round (acquired from New England from a previous trade) the Lions drafted Marshall defensive end Jonathan Goddard. In-depth scouting report on Goddard available inside.

With their second selection in the sixth round (acquired from New England from a previous trade) the Lions drafted Marshall defensive end Jonathan Goddard.

Goddard projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL, so well in fact that he was ranked No. 8 overall by Scout.com in available outside linebackers.

The Lions still may flirt with Goddard at defensive end or middle linebacker.

Below is an in-depth scouting report on Goddard from Scout.com ...

Jonathan Goddard School: Marshall
Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 238 40: 4.74 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 78/16/28. Moved into the starting lineup prior to his sophomore campaign.

Positives: Explosive collegiate defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Plays low with leverage, bends his knees and immediately alters his angle of attack. Fast off the edge, plays with great balance and tough to knock off his feet. Can flatten, pursue from the backside and catch ball carriers. Plays with a good degree of suddenness and possesses a burst of speed. Solid job reading the action and does more than just rush the quarterback.

Negatives: Undersized, engulfed at the point or easily locked up in blocks out of a three point stance. Rarely asked to make plays in reverse.

Analysis: A defender tough to stop, Goddard must now become accustomed to making plays in space. Possesses marginal size for weak-side linebacker, although his speed and ability to flow to the action quickly are best suited in a 34 defense.

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