Packers 2014 NFL Draft – Sixth Round Pick: Demetri Goodson, Cornerback, Baylor

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With their 6th round pick (197th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Demetri Goodson, a CB from Baylor.

PLAYER DETAILS:

Demetri Goodson
CB
Baylor
5’11″/194 lbs.

COMBINE:

4.45 40-yard dash, 2.50 20-yard, 1.59 10-yard, 10’3″ broad, 4.34 20 shuttle, 6.80 3-cone.

CAREER NOTES:

From the Baylor Department of Athletics webpage: “All-Big 12 cornerback, played three seasons at Baylor after transferring from Gonzaga… Named 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches, led conference in PBUs (1.5 bpg)… 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee… Played 2013 after hardship waiver granted extra season of eligibility following season-ending injuries in 2011 (ankle) and 2012 (arm)… Member of Baylor squad that played in three straight bowl games, starting cornerback in 2013 for school’s first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth… Made 43 tackles (38 solo), 19 PBUs and four interceptions in 19 career games played… Also returned five total kickoffs (29.8 yards-per-return) in 2011 and 2012… Played three seasons of basketball at Gonzaga, starting point guard on two NCAA tournament teams for Bulldogs… Earned undergraduate degree from Baylor in December 2013 in general studies… Nickname is “Meech”… Older brother, Mike, played running back for Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.”

SCOUTING REPORT:

NFL.com Profile: “Excellent size. Good athletic ability, hand-eye coordination and ball production. Can turn and run vertical. Nice plant-and-drive — breaks on throws. Has a 37-inch vertical. Has some upside. Comes from an athletic family and has NFL bloodlines.

“Has been unable to stay in one piece and durability is a major concern. Has short arms and small hands. Relatively inexperienced with green instincts. Press technique needs to be coached up. Loses separation at the break point. Limited tackle production — gets stuck on blocks and doesn’t set a hard edge. Will be a 25-year-old rookie.

“Overaged, injury-prone, height-weight-speed prospect with a basketball background. Shows in flashes when he’s able to rely on his reactionary skills and natural athleticism to break up throws, but he is raw and will have to prove he offers developmental value.”

COMMENTARY:

This is undoubtedly a value pick and developmental project. After having a good third day drafting to fill needs, Ted Thompson is looking to bolster depth and competition.

Goodson has skills in the return game, and it’s possible that he will compete with Jared Abbrederis for that role, which is a good thing in terms of trying to keep Randall Cobb healthy. His selection also brings depth to the cornerback position with Tramon Williams aging (31 years old) and younger Davon House never really establishing himself as a legitimate contender to start after a shoulder injury.

The skill set here matches what we’ve seen from Ted Thompson in recent years–drafting fluid, athletic players with a high upside. However, Goodson will be 25 years old in June, which goes against Thompson’s propensity to draft younger players. He made the switch from basketball to football, so he clearly has a lot to learn about the position and the game, but he has the raw athletic talent to do so if given adequate time.

He’s a fast player, and if he develops and makes the game day active roster, he could see action in the nickel and dime packages.

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  • Two Bears, One Cup

    I try not to get disappointed about draft picks until we’ve had a year or two to see how they develop. But I do have an issue with taking a 25-year-old. It’s somewhat mitigated, however, because he’s new to the sport and could still improve.

    As for when people are taken – not only do we not have the ability to see our draft board, we can’t see other teams’ boards, either, so I hate it when the analysts come out and talk about who was a reach and who was a steal. That really annoys me.

  • Archie

    Interesting developmental prospect. Has durability concerns. Has a chance if he can stay on the field. Made switch from basketball when he realized his chances at a pro future were better in football. Has a lot to learn.

  • pat

    Wonder what the issue is with Dixon (S) from Baylor? He was on the board as well and we still could use more depth at SS.

  • zac5

    I know nothing about this kid, but if he makes the final cut it probably spells the end of Jarrett Bush.

  • Mike Sherman

    right about bush, especially with House playing well on ST. Not as worried about age, he is a late around pick and if he pans out getting a few good years is a bonus, could always move to safety if not fast enough for corner….. who knows.

  • GBPDAN

    Great pick for the 6th Rd

  • gamer

    Fyi the NFL.com profile section appears to tha one for our center/Ohio State :)

    • Jay Hodgson

      Well, that’s embarrassing. Thanks for the tip! It’s fixed now.

  • Bag o donuts 52

    If you’re going to take a 25 year old, raw, injury prone, basketball playing developmental project, why not try one that plays TE….where a need definitely still exists. Still too many holes to address before Ted tries to spin that magic he mistakenly believes he possess. Was doing better after blowing day 2 (not that there’s anything wrong with that Ted) and up pops another wasted pick

    • Scheny Schen

      So you ripped the Rodgers pick but want them to take a flyer on a late round TE? Keep trolling loser.

      • Since ’61

        Bag – I wonder what you would have said about Bart Starr when he was taken in the 17th round out of Alabama in 1956. Sorry, didn’t mean to interrupt your trolling? Good luck on your return trip.
        Thanks, Since ’61

  • the real russ letlow

    Goodson, Abbrederis & Janis are all 4.5 guys or less. I think we have quite a few options for kick & punt returns at this point.

  • John Zoul

    Now that we’ve drafted 3 WR’s…and have 4 coming back counting M. White…draft a WR/TE (Rodgers)…have the kid coming back from Maryland-Dorsey (2013-7th round pick)…in addition to other UDFAs…should make the WR competition interesting…

    • packett

      Maybe interesting, but several picks wasted on WR if you can’t keep them all. Meanwhile, ILB still not addressed sufficiently. TE still not upgraded sufficiently. I don’t understand this draft.

  • Since ’61

    Not sure if this will work out. But remember Herb Adderley was a running back in college and Lombardi converted him to CB based on his athletic ability. Adderley became a HOF cornerback and one of the greatest corners of all time. You never know. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

  • Morgan Mundane

    He was injury prone, ted has a propensity of finding these smallish guys who had injury issues other teams passed on. That’s the reason behind the plague of injuries on this team each year.