B.J. Goodson, ILB

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lamar, SC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 242 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.71-30 34 1/2-4.517.05
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.622.711.6030 34 1/29'10"4.517.05

Player Overview

A three-star linebacker recruit out of high school, Goodson received scholarship offers from Clemson, LSU and Tennessee, committing to the ACC's Tigers and redshirting in 2011 - native of the same hometown that produced former Clemson and NFL linebacker Levon Kirkland. He played strictly on special teams as a redshirt freshman and sophomore with 11 tackles on 55 snaps. Goodson was part of a linebacker rotation as a junior in 2014 (six starts), posting 34 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two passes defended. He became a full-time starter as a senior and started all 15 games to lead the team with 108 tackles, adding 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five passes defended and two interceptions to earn Second Team All-ACC honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Filled out frame with thick muscle tone and long arms...quick diagnose skills and finds the ball before it arrives...fills powerful at contact with tasers for hands and violent play style...bench presses blockers off his body, using his vision to track the ballcarrier...lateral agility to sidestep blocks, stay balanced through traffic and keep his eyes on the prize...decisive strides to mirror backs to the hole/edge...explosive tackling skills, loading up behind his pads and finishing...physical mind-set and toughness isn't a question mark...experienced spot dropping in coverage...expands his vision to stroke receivers across the middle of the field...graduated with a degree in sociology (Dec. 2015)...reserved off the field, but ramps up the intensity on the field - senior captain...reliable worker and communicator, making all the calls on defense...elevated his play as a senior with a team-best 108 tackles, starting every game.

WEAKNESSES: Slow-twitch athlete and lacks the burst to quickly change directions...more of a one-note chaser and doesn't consistently narrow the gap or close with burst...inconsistent drop range in coverage with tight transitional skills...hands-on approach aids him vs. the run, but not in coverage...usually assignment sound, but will be thrown by fakes, lacking the make-up speed to recover...shoulder-striker at times and doesn't always rely on his arms to wrap...balanced fighting through blocks, but lacks ideal secondary quickness after shedding his man...only one season of true starting experience...didn't miss a start in 2015, but battled numerous nagging injuries as an underclassman, including a concussion (Sept. 2013) and hip issue (Nov. 2014).

IN OUR VIEW: A one-year starter, Goodson showed promise as a part-time player as a junior before earning the starting middle linebacker job as a senior, evolving into a draftable prospect. He is a magnet to the ball in the run game with the take-on skills to stack the point of attack, using his strong hands and low pad level to shed and find the ballcarrier. Goodson is a balanced athlete and limits his wasted motion, but his range is based more on his instincts, lacking ideal play speed and explosive traits for the position.

Although not a dynamic mover, which especially shows in coverage, Goodson plays a physical brand of football and always seems to be in the vicinity - quality depth player, who will push for starting reps by year two.

--Dane Brugler (4/28/16)

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