Baylor has had a receiver drafted in each of the last three years and the split end is a big, quick, strong, multi-purpose veteran, used as receiver, rusher and returner. He hauled in 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior flanker, proving to not only be an explosive route runner (timed at 4.41 in 40-yard dash in the spring), but also perhaps the strongest receiver in college (has squatted 660 pounds, second-highest mark on team at any position), along with posting a broad jump that measured at 10 feet, 7 inches.
Goodley arrived at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at 209 pounds, but needs to keep his weight in check, as he’s hovered near 230 pounds the last few seasons. Even at the heavier weight, he has proven to be a speedy receiver, but he more than passed the eye test with his trimmer physique at Indianapolis.
Goodley has above-average initial quickness off the snap, along with valid strength and lateral agility to fight through press coverage. He is deceptive using his burst and acceleration to sneak up on cornerbacks down field and shows the ability to explode out of his breaks to generate separation, especially on slants. He demonstrates impressive body control for a player of his size and you see that when he contorts his body in space to make the spectacular reception.
Goodley can snatch the ball out of the air or absorb with his body when he feels an impending big hit. He has a good feel for the sidelines, down markers and, most important, the end zone area, evident by his 20 touchdown receptions. He also knows how to take advantage of his height and leaping ability going for the fade. He shows good vision to cut back vs. the grain and shows confidence that his top-end speed possess an immediate challenge for defensive backs over the top.
Goodley possesses above-average footwork coming off the line and is strong enough to muscle a clean release when corners try to jam him. He also capitalizes on his initial quickness to eat up the cushion. He appears to be fluid enough coming out of his breaks and has the burst to consistently separate from man coverage at the NFL level.
The Bear is also alert to pocket pressure, doing a nice job of working back when the quarterback gets flushed out of the pocket. While he does not have large hands, Goodley will extend his arms to snatch the ball at its high point. He opens his hips well enough to adjust to passes thrown behind him and flashes very good focus to look the ball in.
He runs hard after the catch and flashes an effective spin move, along with the vision needed as a runner to navigate fluidly through traffic. He’s a strong runner and third-level defenders have huge problems trying to bring him down in one-on-one situations.
Goodley is a strong, physical receiver (660-pound squat) who makes tough catches in traffic and is not afraid to go over the middle. He is constantly looking for ways to power through or juke a defender in order to gain extra yardage after the catch. He struggled some to lower his shoulder into defenders at other times, but it was later revealed that he had played in 2014 with not only a quadriceps injury, but also dealt with a right shoulder (AC joint) sprain.
He knows how to gear down when he isn’t the first option, and as a blocker his strength allows him to effectively seal defenders inside. He is also alert to the defense’s surrounding and will not hesitate in attempts to spring other receivers by throwing blocks downfield while delivering a violent initial punch.
Antwan Goodley Scouting Combine measurables
5-10/209 (4.44 forty)
30 3/4-inch arm length
9 1/4-inch hands
No vertical jump
No broad jump
No 3-cone drill
No 20-yard shuttle<
No 60-yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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