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Goodwin headed to Buffalo

Colt McCoy has done a lot of impressive things in his football career, but it's his last achievement as a Texas Longhorn that became notable on Friday night.

Marquise Goodwin was selected No. 78 overall by the Bills.

McCoy had been the last Longhorn offensive player selected in the NFL draft when the Cleveland Browns took him in the third round (85th overall) in 2010.

That was until the Buffalo Bills took Marquise Goodwin in the same round. The Longhorn receiver and 2012 Olympian was chosen with 78th overall pick. Goodwin said following his pro day workout that he didn't care whether or not people viewed him as a track guy or a football player, just as long as someone took a chance on him.

The Bills are going to give him that chance.

“I’m a football guy that just happens to run track because I just got drafted by the Buffalo Bills,” Goodwin told reporters after his selection. “I don’t think if I was strictly a track guy trying to play football that I would’ve been drafted, especially in this round with the numbers that I have. Obviously somebody thought enough to invest in me because they saw me as a football player.”

Jordan Shipley was the last skill position player taken in the draft, chosen one spot ahead of McCoy by the Cincinnati Bengals. Prior to Shipley, Limas Sweed's second round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 was the last time Texas had a receiver drafted.

All told, Goodwin is the sixth wide receiver to have been selected in the draft in the Mack Brown era.

“Marquise, in my opinion, has his best football ahead of him,” Mack said. “He has tremendous skills-leaping ability, speed, and hand-eye coordination. He his tough and can be a kick returner as well. We think he has a great upside and someone will be lucky to get him.”

Goodwin was the second wide receiver taken by the Bills on Friday following Buffalo's selection of USC standout Robert Woods (41st overall) in the second round. The Bills took Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with their first round pick, and Bleacher Report NFL senior writer Matt Miller feels Goodwin is going to bring an explosive, game-breaking dynamic to Bills' offense.

“He's one of the more exciting players in this year's class to me,” Miller said. “There will be teams that view him as a track star and not a football player. I think you're seeing a guy with untapped potential and an ability to make plays in space.”

Goodwin is heading to a Buffalo franchise that's treated former Longhorns well in the Mack Brown era. Mike Williams was a first round choice in 2002 and Aaron Williams was taken in the second round in 2011. Additionally, Kwame Cavil, Ahmad Brooks and David Snow have all gone on to spend at least one season in Buffalo as undrafted free agents.

Goodwin's selection comes on the heels of Kenny Vaccaro being selected 15th overall by the New Orleans Saints in Thursday's first round. The only other Longhorn expected to be selected in the draft is Alex Okafor, who figures to come off of the board at some point in the fourth round.

  • Jeff Howe

    Here's the full release from UT:

    Texas WR Marquise Goodwin was taken with the 78th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Friday.

    “Marquise, in my opinion, has his best football ahead of him,” said Texas head coach Mack Brown. “He was such a star in track-winning the World Games in the long jump, being an Olympian, which was a goal of his and we sure didn’t want to get in the way. But because of that, he was never in a spring practice, and he was never around in the summer. He has tremendous skills-leaping ability, speed, and hand-eye coordination. He his tough and can be a kick returner as well. We think he has a great up side and someone will be lucky to get him.”

    Goodwin becomes the first Longhorn taken by the Buffalo Bills since Aaron Williams was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills have now taken a total of eight Texas Longhorns including Goodwin. Former picks also include OT Mike Williams (1st round, 2002), TE Pat Fitzgerald (7th round, 1997), DT James Patton (2nd round, 1992), TE Stephen Clark (12th round, 1991), S John Hagy (8th round, 1988)and G Will Wilcox (13th round, 1976).

    Goodwin will join fellow Longhorns Williams and OG David Snow on the Bills roster. Snow signed as a free agent with Buffalo in 2012.

    Goodwin is the sixth Texas WR to be drafted in the Mack Brown era and the third in the last six years after Jordan Shipley was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round in 2010 and Limas Sweed was chosen in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other Texas wide receivers chosen in the Mack Brown era include Roy Willliams (Detroit Lions, first round, 2004), Sloan Thomas (Houston Texans, seventh round, 2004) and Wane McGarity (Dallas Cowboys, fourth round, 1999).

    In the Longhorns 31-27 win over Oregon State in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl, Goodwin caught four passes for 68 yards including a 36-yard game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also had a 64-yard TD run in the second quarter and finished with 132 all-purpose yards to lead the team.

    Goodwin has played in 50 games including 22 starts for the Longhorns at wide receiver and currently ranks 11th on the Texas career receptions list (120) and sixth on the school’s career kickoff return yards list (985). He has amassed 2,776 all-purpose yards in his career. As a freshman in 2009, he posted 30 receptions (No. 3 on UT's freshman single-season list) for 279 yards and a TD. The four-time member of UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll also earned national All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

    Goodwin is also a world-class track and field Olympian who represented the United States in the long jump at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Goodwin won the long jump title at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (27.0425), the 2012 NCAA Outdoor (27-0) and Indoor (25-04.75) Championships, the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor (26-10.50) and Indoor (25-04.75) Championships, the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Championships (27-4), the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor (26-9.75) and Indoor (26-7) Championships, the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships (26-9), and the 2010 Big 12 Outdoor Championships (26-0.75). He is also a two-time World Junior Champion (long jump, 4x100m) in track and field.

  • Jeff Howe

    Quotes from Marquise Goodwin:

    On being drafted 78th overall by the Buffalo Bills: It felt great. I was just sitting out there throwing the football with my brothers and sitting on the back of the truck talking. I was like, “Dude, I don’t even think I’m going to go today. There are still receivers ranked ahead of me still on the board.” And they were like, “No, you’re going today.” So we were just sitting out there, and I got the call while I was on the back of the truck, and my best friend went wild and started running everywhere frantically. He was really happy. It’s really exciting.

    On what the Bills told him when they called: They said, “Hey Marquise!” and they were making jokes about Coach Brown – Coach Brown is really good friends with the Buffalo Bills team and some of the guys on the staff. And they said, “We’re going to draft you. You have a deal.”

    On how the rest of his family reacted: Oh man. It was electrifying. Everybody reacted the same – a lot of screaming and yelling. It was fun. It was a lot of fun. Really exciting.

    On if he was surprised to be drafted by the Bills tonight or if he had been in talks with them: It was pretty surprising to me. It was really a surprise to me. They had talked to me and told me they loved my speed and loved what I could do on the field. I just needed an opportunity to show what I could do. And the Bills gave me the opportunity. They drafted me, and I’m really excited and looking forward to it.

    On if he’s spent time recently with former Longhorn/current Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams: Oh yes. I’m about to go see him in a few minutes. But I’ve been around him a lot. We’ve been friends since before I even got to college. His mom and my mom are good friends. So it’s really exciting to be reunited.

    On if Williams has talked to him about Buffalo before: I talk to A.J. often, even when he’s in Buffalo. He’s like family to me. So we communicate about bi-weekly. We talk a lot about Buffalo. He has a lot of good things to say about Buffalo which is really exciting.

    On how he feels now that he has been drafted and knows where he will be: It’s a lot of pressure off of me. Really I didn’t feel like I had much pressure because I felt whatever team was going to draft me was going to be a lucky team. Really having the opportunity now and knowing where I’m going now, I’m happy. Now that I know where I’m going and I don’t have to guess or wait anymore or for the draft tomorrow. I really know where I’m going, and I can just really focus on myself and what I can do to help the team win.

    On if he was aware his Texas men’s track coach Bubba Thornton played wide receiver for Buffalo from 1969-70: Yes, I was. I talk to Bubba every single day. He was number 34 and got drafted late out of TCU. It’s crazy.

    On having competed in the Olympics and now being drafted by the NFL all in a span of eight months: It’s all part of the plan. First of all, give all honors to God. Without Him I wouldn’t have an opportunity. He really blessed me with a lot of opportunities in my life – going to the Olympics, something I always wanted to do since I was a little kid. And getting to play in the NFL is great.

    On his time at Texas playing football and participating in track: My time at Texas, it seems like it started yesterday. It went by so fast. It really taught me patience and how to persevere through thick-and-thin. Really to keep my head up and continue to grind no matter what. No matter how many statistics you have or anything. I went off the board before guys that had a lot more catches and yards than I did. But I’ve got a wonderful opportunity in front of me, and I’m just going to make the most of it.

    On knowing he will cross paths with so many other former Longhorns in the NFL: It’s wonderful. I’m about to meet up with a few guys now. It’s just wonderful to have that Longhorn connection throughout the NFL. I think we have one of the top representations of universities in the League. So that being said, we’ve got a lot of guys in the league and I look forward to learning whatever I can from those guys.

  • It will be fun watching him play. Quality young man.

    This post was edited by Good Old Days 12 months ago

  • The Bills added two formidable weapons at WR this year in Woods and Goodwin. Should be exciting to watch in their new offense with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson at RB. Lots of game breakers in place. F. Jackson is from TX and played his high school ball at Arington Lamar.

  • It's too bad because bills have been known not to use players like they should. They draft players without a plan I hope that's not the case here.

    This post was edited by Hookemfan 12 months ago

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