It's Malliciah Goodman's turn to shine at NFL Combine

Clemson defensive end is the last of three Tigers to work out for NFL scouts, coaches

Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman sacks LSU's Zach Mettenberger during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman sacks LSU's Zach Mettenberger during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

It's Malliciah Goodman's turn to shine.

Defensive linemen and linebackers take center stage today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and Clemson's Goodman has as much to gain as anyone in the field.

After an effective but inconsistent college career, Goodman came on strong at the end of the season and capped his four years at Clemson with a standout performance against LSU in the Chick-fil Bowl.

Scouts will be looking closely at Goodman's 'measurables,' but will perhaps save their greatest scrutiny for how he performances in position-specific drills.

He comes into the Combine wide projected as a fourth or fifth-round selection.

Goodman weighed in over the weekend at 276 pounds, 6-foot-4, with a 36 3/8 arm length and an 11-inch hand span.

Going into today's workout, NFL.com describes him as a "powerful left end prospect with thick upper and lower body builds, and long arms. Frame that would allow him to grow into five-technique if a team required it. Shows consistent hand placement, can control and pop off his man to make stops...

"Violent hands, often doesn't allow the offensive lineman to grab a hold of him when rushing the passer. Gets off the ball quickly for his size when in pass rush mode, bulling his man backwards or using his strength to work the outside shoulder. Also effective splitting double moves and beating guards when lined up inside on third down. Keeps his eyes in the backfield, will get his hands in passing lanes and shed and close to the quarterback if his man stops his feet when the play is extended. Shows good flexibility on end-twist stunts."

Goodman is the third of three Clemson players to work out at the Combine. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Ellington made impressive showings on Sunday - though Ellington tweaked a hamstring (the same injury that sidelined him in the Senior Bowl in January) and was able to participate in all his drills.

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