Speed is something most folks have just grown accustomed to at the NFL Combine over the years, but it’s already been taken to a new level in 2013, meaning the 2013 NFL Draft should bring a new wave of speedsters into the league that will undoubtedly continue to transition to fast-paced offenses. Even so, former Texas Longhorns receiver and 2012 Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin is taking things to a whole new level. Goodwin clocked an unofficial 4.17 in the 40-yard dash, which is the fastest time in Combine history.
Again, it was unofficial, but once word got out, Goodwin is now “that kid.” Once thought to be a long shot to even be drafted, Goodwin will now almost certainly garner a chance to prove he belongs on football’s biggest stage.
He’s not just fast; Goodwin is an incredible athlete. He started out as a quarterback at Texas, but started working at wide receiver while serving as the backup signal-caller to Colt McCoy. Goodwin also starred on Texas’ track team, qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics in the long jump. So to say Goodwin is an all-around athlete is a drastic understatement, especially after the 4.17 blur.
Now that Goodwin has the scouts’ attention at the Combine, folks are wondering which team might take a shot on him. It’s unknown what will happen, but the Minnesota Vikings should be that team. Goodwin is similar to Percy Harvin but without the pathetic attitude and diva personality. Harvin has made it clear he wants out of the Twin Cities, so the Vikings should give him a one-way ticket and replace him with Goodwin. Of course, that’s not to say Goodwin can instantly fill Harvin’s shoes, but the latter’s departure from Minnesota is inevitable, so what better way to win over the fan base than by drafting the new most popular player in the draft?
Among other, if Bob Hayes (1964), James Jett (1992) and Jeff Demps (2012) can make the jump to the NFL, so can Goodwin. All these guys are fast, but Goodwin has redefined the word this year. Minnesota would be wise to take a chance on Goodwin. What do the Vikings have to lose?