Despite the signing of Randall Gay, cornerback remains a need position for the New Orleans Saints in April's NFL Draft, and New Orleans will meet with a potential pick who had an eye-opening workout at his recent pro day.
TFY Draft reported that Iowa cornerback Charles Godfrey has at least a dozen meetings set up, including a meeting with the Saints. It's unclear if the meeting will take place at the Saints' facility in Metairie or in Iowa City.
Godfrey is rated as a third-round value by some scouting services. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot, 207-pound corner No. 18 among cornerbacks.
Godfrey put together a stellar performance at his pro day. He ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, nearly a tenth of a second better than his combine time. He also showed off his vertical leap, as he jumped 37 ½ inches.
To some scouts, Godfrey is an under-the-radar selection with one eye-popping stat, courtesy of the Iowa coaching staff — his pass coverage assignments accounted for just 15 receptions for 117 yards and no touchdowns last year.
He was also the most versatile defensive back on the team, having played all four positions. He started at right cornerback his final two seasons.
Last year Godfrey finished with 65 tackles. He also deflected nine passes and was ranked third in the Big Ten with five interceptions.
Oddly enough, NFLDraftScout.com compared Godfrey to current Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Tanard Jackson, a fourth-round selection last year. The comparison made the point that Godfrey appears more comfortable as a free safety, where he can help in run support. The scouting report also said that Godfrey could be a reckless player, a style that can lead to pass interference calls.
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