Texas A&M running back Mike Goodson will forego his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Goodson had a bit of an up and down season in 2008. He finished the season with 408 yards and a career-high five touchdowns on 94 carries in 10 games. He was also a big threat out of the backfield, catching 37 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns.
Goodson had two 100-yard games in the first half of the season but finished the year on a sour note with performances of nine yards, six yards and five yards in his last three games; the production was probably altered by a sprained knee.
- Fights for extra yards after contact
- Has good top-end speed and able to show another gear in open space
- Makes tough cuts at the line of scrimmage and is exceptionally agile
- Has experience as a slot receiver
- Ability to score every time he touches the ball
- Does not keep the ball tight to his body in open field
- Dances in the hole at times
- Inconsistent footwork as a receiver
- Lacks ideal lower-body strength
- Injury concerns after sprains of his neck, groin and right knee in 2008
- Lacks the bulk and size to be an every-down back
Expected draft placement
Goodson, 5-foot-11 7/8, 208 pounds, will hear his name called at some point on the second day of the draft, likely between Rounds 3-5. He has shown he can be a good receiver out of the backfield, so his versatility and quickness could be pluses for him in the eyes of NFL teams. Despite the fact he finished the 2008 season on a down note, he averaged at least four yards per carry in each of his three seasons at Texas A&M. He doesn't have experience as a special teams return man, but his speed and agility could allow teams to use him in that role.
There probably will be several teams that will look for a quality running back in the middle rounds of the draft. Some of the teams that could be interested in Goodson include the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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