Prospect: Malliciah Goodman, DE, ClemsonMalliciah Goodman

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 276 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Solid mover for a thick defensive end, quicker than he is fast
  • Impressive flexibility and ability to balance his large frame dipping around the corner
  • More than adequate length with over 36” arms and oven mitts for hands that measure at 11”
  • Too much of a finesse player, doesn’t make best use of his size and strength

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Does a poor job keeping gap discipline with lack of anticipation and frequently taking a poor first step
  • Slow to pick up the ball with his eyes, occasionally goes whole plays without finding it
  • Consistently a half step slow off the ball, watches his man instead of the ball and reacts slowly
  • Inconsistent intensity level, plays down to his competition

Pass Rush:

  • Takes pass rush arcs that are too wide and too slow into initial contact, partly due to lag off the snap which allows blockers to set up quickly
  • Combines ability to bend the corner with a strong rip move as a speed rusher
  • Can’t consistently take the edge due to slow reactions off the snap and lack of top end speed to press the corner
  • Bullrush ability underutilized as a whole and lacks a strong first punch when he does use it
  • Brings power to fruition as a pass rusher with leg drive
  • Puts powerful hits on quarterbacks when he comes free and causes fumbles often

Run Support:

  • Very low impact run defender bordering on a liability
  • Struggles to shed blockers even when he extends his arms, lack of hand violence and habit of stopping his feet do no favors
  • Unable to anchor against double teams and combo blocks and gets turned too easily
  • Frequently puts his head down against solo blockers and just tries to drive them backwards never finding the ball
  • Struggles to consistently set the edge due to poor awareness of ball and blockers around him
  • Gets to the ball at a low rate as a result of inability to shed and not always a reliable tackler when he gets there

Technique:

  • Very light initial punch, frequently locks out his arms and resorts to pushing around blockers
  • Too easily locked up for a guy with his upper body strength and length
  • Pad level inconsistent as a whole, changes from down to down

Overall:

High expectations were put on Malliciah Goodman before the start of his senior season.  After all, Clemson has been popping out NFL defensive ends for some time, including Andre Branch, Da’Quan Bowers, Ricky Sapp, and the late Gaines Adams.  Painting with a broad brush is ill-advised, but all four were or have been relatively disappointing in the league.  Even though most of Goodman’s positive attributes come in the pass rushing category, he was never a productive sack artist for the Tigers.  He only managed 12 sacks in two seasons as a starter, 3 of which game in his final game.  Where does that leave him as a draft prospect?  Though he has natural tools in spades, he struggles to make the most of them and is truly an enigma on the football field.  He doesn’t seem to have a great understanding of scheme and often gets caught guessing.  His ability to defend the run doesn’t match up with his size either.  Malliciah Goodman is much more of a developmental defensive end than a guy you can expect to have an impact early on and should be drafted as such.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Malliciah Goodman Scouting Report

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