NFL scouts have been pretty impressed by University of Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin, and it’s not hard to see why. Namely, Goodwin ran a blazing 4.27 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. But the Rowlett native, who is a former Olympian and an NCAA National Champion in the long jump, wants the league to know that he’s more than just a speed demon--he’s a ballplayer.
“Just because I have the Olympic rings on my arm doesn’t mean I’m just a track guy,” Goodwin said recently, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’m a football player that just happens to jump far. That’s what I tell everybody. I can run fast, so what. A lot of guys can run fast. Just for the simple fact that I made the Olympic team I get labeled as a track guy.
“It is what it is, so be it, but I’m a football player. I’ve been playing football longer than I’ve run track. I’m out there today. I really can’t worry about who thinks I’m a track guy trying to play football or who thinks I’m a football guy who runs track, really just focusing on football, I’m 100 percent football right now.”
Dallas is one of the many teams to have shown interest in the UT product. Goodwin was one of 28 players at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday for “Dallas Day.”
Goodwin is expected to go in the third round.
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