2015 NFL DRAFT

Texas WR Marquise Goodwin qualifies for Olympics

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodman hopes to hear his name called at the podium for the 2013 NFL Draft next April, but he has a more immediate goal to tackle.

Winning a gold medal.

Rated as the No. 20 wide receiver prospect for '13 by NFLDraftScout.com, Goodwin qualified for next month's Olympics with a personal-best of 27 feet, 4.25 inches (8.33 meters) on his final attempt to win the long jump at the U.S. track trials over the weekend.

Goodwin caught 33 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns last season, and his 4.34-second speed in the 40-yard dash is clearly one of his assets on the field. At 5-9 and 178 pounds, Goodwin is an undersized prospect who likely projects to the slot in the NFL.

It's uncertain whether Goodwin will have to report late when the Longhorns begin practicing in August, but he has plenty of experience in the system. That includes 16 starts in 37 career games with 94 receptions for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns.

Understandably, the coaching staff looks to take advantage of Goodwin's speed as well. He has 33 career carries for 265 yards to go along with 31 kickoff returns for 658 yards (21.2-yard average) and one touchdown, and one punt return for 22 yards for 1,969 all-purpose yards.

Goodwin is even more accomplished on the track, winning the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Long Jump Championship (26-9), the 2010 Big 12 Championship (26-0.75), the 2011 Big 12 Indoor Championship (26-7), the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Championships (26-9.75) and is a two-time World Junior Champion (long jump, 4x100m). He also holds the school indoor record in the long jump (26-8.50) and set the national high school record in the long jump (26-10) in finishing fifth in the senior division at the U.S. Championships in 2009.

So he stands a good chance of being a household name well before he tries to break speed records at the scouting combine next February.

 
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