2017 NFL Draft

Malliciah Goodman, DE

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Florence, SC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 276 lbs.
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03/16/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Twenty NFL teams including New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik, and five NFL receiver coaches watched 12 Clemson players and one Southern Illinois player work out on March 7. The Jets were there to see Malliciah Goodman.

Malliciah Goodman, DE (6-3 1/2, 273 pounds) - Goodman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 and 4.67 seconds. He recorded a 33-inch vertical, a 9-foot-9 broad jump, a 4.48-second short shuttle run and 7.10-seconds in the three-cone drill. He had the same reps (26) at 225 as at the NFL combine. His biggest measurable might be his nearly 37-inch-long arms. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/08/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Mallaciah Goodman, also uninvited to the Combine, needs to build up his strength after only 26 reps on the bench press, because teams are looking at him on the left side of the defense, either as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or as a left defensive end in a 4-3 approach. "They keep emphasizing I need to use my hands," Goodman said, and it's no wonder. His hands are huge, with a 12-inch spread, which means he can slap a paw down on an 8x11 piece of paper and have his pinkie and thumb extend over the edges. "I'm going to do the work," Goodman said. "I want to make somebody glad they drafted me." - Bart Wright, Greenville News

03/07/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Defensive end Malliciah Goodman turned in a 4.87 40-yard dash time from the combine, but improved that number with runs in the mid-4.6 range. He also improved his vertical (33") and broad jump (9'9") numbers from the combine. At 6-4 and 276 with 36.5-inch arm length, Goodman passes the eye test and with some NFL coaching, his best football might be ahead of him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/31/2012 - Scouting the Clemson run defense: Clemson has gotten better against the run as the season's progressed, thanks primarily to the maturation of several young defensive linemen, including Josh Watson, DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett. But the Tigers still give up more than 160 yards per game and rank a middle-of-the-pack 61st nationally against the run. LSU has multiple backs capable of inflicting damage, led by burly Jeremy Hill (6-2, 235), so Clemson will have to get a handle on the Tigers' running game from the outset or things could get ugly. - The Sports Xchange

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: DE-Mallaciah Goodman, Sr., Clemson (2), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. Goodman leads the ACC in fumbles caused with four and has four sacks to rank second on the team. - Clemosn football

11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Malliciah Goodman (Clemson), de (16)...has been named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Goodman leads the ACC in fumbles caused with four and has four sacks to rank second on the team. - Clemson football

10/25/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Clemson's defense surrendered 406 yards in an Oct. 20 win against Virginia Tech, but made plenty of big plays. The Tigers intercepted three passes, returning one 74 yards for a touchdown, forced four fumbles and thwarted a pair of fourth-down attempts. Linebacker Spencer Shuey shined in his first career start, making nine tackles, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss. Other promising signs included defensive end Malliciah Goodman finally recording his first sack of the season and safety Jonathan Meeks intercepting a pair of passes. Clemson's young offensive line, led by Josh Watson, also generated plenty of pressure and appears to be maturing seven games into the season. The biggest question heading into the Wake Forest game is how big of an impact losing junior cornerback Darius Robinson to a broken ankle will impact the secondary. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Malliciah Goodman -- If Clemson is to establish a rush off the outside edge and keep FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel contained on the option, much of the burden will fall to Goodman, who's Clemson's only experienced player on the defensive front. Coach Dabo Swinney lamented the fact that the Tigers have applied adequate pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but aren't getting any sacks. Goodman needs to be at the forefront of this effort and it needs to start soon. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Clemson vs. Auburn, Sept. 1 (in Atlanta) -- This is a series that fans from both sides should hate to see come to an end -- each of the last three games since 2007 have been exciting affairs, with two decided in overtime. Getting off to a good start isn't imperative; Auburn trailed Clemson 17-0 in 2010 before rallying for a 27-24 win and Clemson trailed Auburn 21-7 last season before scoring 38 of the game's final 41 points. KEYS TO THE GAME: The keys to success will be found at the line of scrimmage. Clemson's inexperienced offensive line will have to be able to open holes for Andre Ellington and provide ample protection for quarterback Tajh Boyd against a strong Auburn defensive front that includes standout rushers Corey Lemonier and Dee Ford. Senior All-America candidate Dalton Freeman is back at center, but the rest of Clemson's line is unproven and untested. Some early success could go a long way for this group. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Malliciah Goodman -- Goodman is the only holdover from last year's starting defensive front, so he'll be counted on to set the tone for a youthful group. Goodman has the size (6-4, 270), now he has to show the mettle. - The Sports Xchange

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: MALLICIAH GOODMAN, CLEMSON, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Goodman had 59 tackles last year when he started all 14 games. He had 14 quarterback pressures, second on the team, and 43 first hits. He will be in his third year as a starter this season. Goodman is one of eight ACC players among the 40-man Hendricks Award Watch List. - Clemson football

07/30/2012 - Malliciah Goodman is a physical marvel. He possesses massive 11??-inch hands - measured from thumb to pinky - requiring XXXXL gloves. He is a sculpted 6-4, 270 pounds. He has the wingspan of a power forward. He is what a prototype NFL defensive end looks like. The problem is that as Goodman enters his senior season, his on-field production has yet to match his physical gifts. And as Clemson loses its top three sack artists from last season, including the ACC-best 10?? sacks from Andre Branch, Clemson desperately needs Goodman to increase his production at one of the thinnest positions on the roster. In three years, Goodman has played 1,349 snaps and has recorded just five sacks. That is a sack once every 269 plays. In those 1,349 plays, Goodman has also recorded few impact plays against the run - just 12 tackles for loss in his career. And as a junior, Goodman recorded just two sacks and four tackles for loss in 700 snaps. On a team with just three returning defensive ends, it is the position of greatest concern to coach Dabo Swinney, the greatest concern to a defense that allowed nine touchdowns to West Virginia in its last game. Clemson needs impact players on the edge, especially in a league returning 11 starting quarterbacks and five QBs who finished in the top 50 nationally last season in passer efficiency. "He's got to take it to another level," Swinney said. "He's been a good player. He's been a productive player but he hasn't been a great player yet, and neither had Branch and neither had Da'Quan (Bowers)...so that's the challenge to Malliciah." Swinney even expressed some mild concern of Goodman's temperament. Swinney wants to see more of a "nasty" disposition. Travis Sawchik, The Post and Courier

07/24/2012 - Clemson won its first ACC championship in 20 years in 2011, but that did not stop coach Dabo Swinney from making a significant change to his staff. Two weeks after giving up 70 points to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, Clemson hired long-time Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables to replace Kevin Steele. Everything coming out of Clemson about Venables has been positive from his chemistry with the staff to his recruiting abilities. Earlier this summer, Venables helped land an oral commitment from the consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2013 class, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville, Ga. He has rubbed off on the current players, too. "He's very intense," defensive end Malliciah Goodman said at the ACC Kickoff Monday in Greensboro. "He wants us to do everything intense, just the way he would do it." Ultimately, Venables will be judged by how his defense performs. The task at hand is to improve a unit that finished last year ranked No. 71 nationally in total defense (394.4 yards per game), No. 81 in scoring defense (29.3 points per game), and No. 83 in rushing defense (176.9 yards per game). Clemson gave up at least 28 points in seven of its final eight games, including that Orange Bowl which soured a championship season. Venables runs a 4-3 base defense like his predecessor, but Swinney said that Venables's defense is one based on instinct. As a result, it is simpler and easier to grasp than Steele's. That is something the players appreciated this spring, especially the linebacking core that Venables wants playing downhill. There also will be more zone coverage from a secondary that could start three seniors. Expect more quarterback pressure from Clemson's back seven this year. Under Steele in 2011, the Tigers had 24 sacks, only three of which came from outside the defensive line. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

07/24/2012 - There were too many games last season where Clemson's high-powered offense had to make up for deficiencies in the defense. That culminated in a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. But new defensive coordinator Brent Venables has set out to change that. "We're flying around to the ball more," said defensive end Malliciah Goodman. "It's coach Venables' intensity that he brings along with the defense that kind of rubs off on us and it gets us to his level. He knows what we're capable of. He studied us before spring practice started and he's getting it out of us, so it's been great." Goodman said the players have moved on from the bowl game embarrassment. "Once the spring started and we got the new defense in, that was a new beginning. Just build it from there and don't focus on what happened last year." - Bill Hass, ACC football

06/13/2012 - Top-five Clemson prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. DE Mallicaiah Goodman (6-4, 280)...Who holds the Clemson record for the amount of plays in a season by a defensive lineman? Gaines Adams? Da'Quan Bowers? The correct answer is Goodman, who was on the field for 767 plays last season in his first year as a starter for the Tigers. In 2008, Clemson landed the consensus top high school recruit in Bowers, but a year later, the Tigers nabbed another highly-ranked defensive end from the prep ranks in Goodman. But because of the depth of Clemson's line, he didn't become a full-time starter until last season when he started all 14 games opposite Andre Branch. Goodman didn't come close to Branch in terms of production with only 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, but he consistently found himself in the backfield, putting pressure on the quarterback. At 280 pounds, Goodman isn't the quickest or most explosive rusher off the edge, but he works hard to the pocket and has the strength to handle blockers in one-on-one situations. If he can elevate his statistics as a senior, look for Goodman to improve his draft stock, which is currently in the mid-round range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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