UT’s Marquise Goodwin has speed to thrill, which is why NFL scouts are intrigued

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Marquise Goodwin is an Olympian.

He hasn’t ruled out trying to make the U.S. Olympic team again in 2016.

But the Texas product insists he is a football player first.

“I’m a football guy that just happens to jump really far,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin went 25 feet, 7 inches in the long jump last summer, which wasn’t good enough to advance out of the first round at the London Games. He hopes for more out of his football career.

Goodwin is projected as a third- or fourth-round pick.

“I felt really good about Marquise,” Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We all know what type of explosive athlete he is and how fast he is.

“But I think just getting a chance to know him a little bit and really watching him as a route runner, I was really impressed with him as a route runner. That’s one of the things you don’t always think about with those guys who are really, really fast — just how precise they run a route. I think he’s got a good foundation for moving forward in the NFL.”

Goodwin’s size is a question. At 5 foot 9 and 183 pounds, he is destined for the slot, and with only 13 reps in the bench press, scouts are worried he can be jammed at the line.

Then, there was his unproductive senior season. He touched the ball only 33 times, including 13 carries.

“It’s all about the opportunity,” Goodwin said. “The times I was given opportunity and the ball was in my hands, I did something with it. I made explosive plays every time I did have the opportunity.

“I didn’t have quite as many as I would have liked, but at the end of the day, it was decisions I couldn’t make or I would give myself the ball every time. I would have 100 catches a game. But it doesn’t work out like that.”

Goodwin’s speed, though, makes him an intriguing prospect.

His 4.27 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine was the best at this year’s event in Indianapolis. He has a personal-best 10.09 in the 100.

“Speed kills, right?” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “That’s why he is generating buzz. He got to the Senior Bowl and ran by a bunch of corners. Being a track guy, he should run a great time.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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