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.