Solid showing at Combine will keep Malliciah Goodman on NFL teams' radar

Gil Brandt describes Tiger senior's measurables as 'stunning;' ranks him as No. 11 DE

Malliciah Goodman celebrates after Clemson's 42-13 win over Wake Forest

Photo by Mark Crammer

Malliciah Goodman celebrates after Clemson's 42-13 win over Wake Forest

Although he had a solid and productive career at Clemson, first as a backup to Da'Quan Bowers and then as a starter, Malliciah Goodman won't be drafted this spring based on past performance.

His NFL call will come because some team is willing to bet on his potential.

The NFL Combine reinforced Goodman's position in the defensive end pecking order. On Monday he ran a 4.87 40, recorded a 31.5-inch vertical jump, had a 9-6 broad jump, and logged 26 repetitions in the bench press.

None of those numbers jumped off the chart; but together with his 'measureables' - 6-foot-4, 276 pounds, 11-inch hands, 36 3/8 arm length, and 87 1/2 wingspan - they make up an intriguing package for an NFL team looking to improve its depth at defensive end.

Draft analyst Gil Brandt, former vice president for player personnel with the Dallas Cowboys, described Goodman's measurables as "stunning." has Goodman ranked 11th among available defensive ends, and projected as a third-round draft pick. Brandt has him as a more likely fourth-round pick.

Most analysts have Goodman rated among the top 20 players at his position, including a No. 20 ranking by, and a ninth-place grade among seniors and in the top 15 overall by SB.

Goodman will have another opportunity to impress scouts when Clemson holds its Pro Day on March 7. Also expected to make their case are several senior Tigers who were not invited to the NFL Combine, including All-America center Dalton Freeman and defensive back Rashard Hall.

© 2013 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.