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Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson

This draft is littered with pass rush prospects, such that really it would be a failure if the Jets didn't grab any. In fact, IMO, they should double up on pass rusher, one pretty early and one in the middle rounds. There's 2 guys who might go in the middle rounds who intrigue me. One is Clemson DE Malliciah Goodman.

Malliciah Goodman vs NC State (2011) (via Aaron Aloysius)

Malliciah Goodman vs. Boston College (2011) (via Mario Clavel)

Malliciah Goodman vs Auburn (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)

2012 stats:

20 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks, 4 FF

Goodman came to Clemson as a 4 star prospect, the #2 strongside DE and the #38 player in his class per Rivals.com. He has been, frankly, a disappointment relative to expectations. The reason he has been such a disappointment, though, is because he has a bunch of talent. Perhaps you remember his destruction of LSU in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl, where he compiled 3 sacks against probably his best competition of the year.

Goodman has a frame that screams "PROTOTYPE". At the Senior Bowl, Goodman weighed in at 6-3 5/8, 274 pounds. But even more exciting, if you know anything about J-Nasty, you know that he loves his pass rushers with nice, long arms. Goodman's arms measured in at 35 7/8 inches, longest of all defensive lineman and 2nd longest at the Senior Bowl after DJ Fluker (who's arm length has excited me as well, especially considering how strong he is). Generally, anything over 34 inches is considered great arm length, a shade under 36 is upper level. He looks to have pretty good athleticism as well, though sometimes he looks slow on the read and react.

There were certainly some things that show up on the tape that I don't like. He stays blocked at times, though I think he's done better in 2012 than in 2011 in that regard. He doesn't have an array of moves and tries to bullrush too much. With his arm length, he should be disengaging consistently and he doesn't. Also seems to get off the ball slowly- not due to lack of explosion, but more because of his lack of reaction and reading the snap of the ball. He has some warts, certainly, but if you put him in the hands of a great defensive line coach (and we have the best in the league), I truly believe he can do some baaaaaaad things.

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