With their 6th round pick (197th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Demetri Goodson, a CB from Baylor.
4.45 40-yard dash, 2.50 20-yard, 1.59 10-yard, 10’3″ broad, 4.34 20 shuttle, 6.80 3-cone.
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.”
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.”
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.