Buffalo Bills' 2013 NFL Draft Pick Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin Provides Value

By Scott DelleFave
Marquise Goodwin
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There was a lot of speculation that the Buffalo Bills would go wide receiver in round one, and the name that popped up was the speedy Tavon Austin from the West Virgina Mountaineers. However this was a smoke screen and the Bills traded back eight spots with the St. Louis Rams who then selected Austin at pick eight. Austin will be a phenomenal receiver for the Rams, but at a price tag of just over $3 million a year all guaranteed seemed too rich for Buffalo’s blood. So later on in round three they took a wide receiver that compares well to Austin, and played his college ball for the University of Texas Longhorns Marquise Goodwin. Instead of $3 million a season, his contract will be similar to tight end Michael Egnew‘s is for the Miami Dolphins, four years still, but right around $2.8 million for his entire rookie deal.

He was an Olympian in 2012 representing the United States of America and has world class speed as he ran an official 4.27 40 yard dash time at the combine. Most experts figure he was misused for the Longhorns, and maybe the Bills could use him better. The possibilities are endless as if they get him in open space, he could go the distance on any play. They should consider lining him up at halfback some plays, off the line of scrimmage, or even kick and punt returning just to get his motor revved up. The great news for Goodwin is he will have other weapons on the Bills team including Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and maybe even Da’Rick Rogers that will drive him to only have maybe single coverage against a nickel or dime back which would be a tremendous advantage in this new “High Octane Offense” of Buffalo.

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