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."
NFLDraftScout.com 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 WalterFootball.com, 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.