After years of turmoil following the scandal which we’re not going to talk about, the Penn State football program is finally relevant again. They won their first Big Ten title since 2008 under the tutelage of James Franklin, and even played in a thrilling Rose Bowl against USC, although they failed to complete the tremendous comeback in that game.
Speaking of the Rose Bowl, if you tuned in to the game in early January, you were treated to a stellar performance from the Penn State wide receiver, Chris Godwin. The junior made a couple highlight reel-esque catches on his way to 187 receiving yards (4th in Rose Bowl history) and a pair of scores. What a way to bring in the new year and gain national recognition.
In a draft class filled with big name receivers such as Mike Williams and Corey Davis, Chris Godwin projects as a late day 2 pick with monumental upside and could turn out to be one of the best from this class. At just 21 years old to start his rookie year, there is a lot of room to grow for the Philadelphia born wideout.
Name: Chris Godwin
School: Penn State
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Positives: Good height. Arm length and hand size are right where you want them. Strong and lean throughout his frame and his development is on track given his age. Body is well proportioned. Solid long speed with the ability gash defenses. Solid hips and ability to move laterally. A jump-ball receiver who can go up and get it. Shows the ability to make the circus catch and bring the ball in with one hand. A red-zone threat. Generally shows consistent hands. A solid route-runner. Not afraid to give up his body and does everything he can to make the catch. Physical after the catch and works hard for yardage. Shows a rare attitude for blocking at the position and can be downright vicious. Looks to bury and will block receivers into the benches or knock out defenders in run support. Highly intelligent. Confident and has a reserved personality. A young prospect who has a great deal of potential to unlock.
Negatives: Needs to continue to get stronger. Lacks great speed and will get tracked down from behind. Not an electric lateral athlete who explodes out of his breaks. Still learning how to win at the catch-point and is not winning enough of the 50/50 balls. Let’s defenders detach him from the ball too often.
Outlook: Chris Godwin is one of the youngest and most intriguing underclassmen at his position in this draft. Godwin combines good size, jump-ball potential, physicality and an all-around game that will appeal to many. Although he lacks game-breaking athleticism and domination at the catch-point he has enough positive traits and upside that make him worth developing. His value is in the third round.