Let me first start off by saying I am an Ohio State fan and every other team, especially in the Big Ten, can go to H-E-double hockey sticks. So for me to do a write up on a Penn State player, well then you know he is a prime weapon.
After becoming the Delaware Gatorade High School player of the year in 2013, Mr. Godwin went on to a darn good 3-year stay at Happy Valley. He got in on the action early in his freshman year with the Nittany Lions. His true breakout year was his sophomore campaign where he went off for 69 catches for 1,101 and 5 touchdowns.
Why I call this kid “Big Game” is because he thrives when the game is on a bigger stage. As a freshman, he went for 7 catches for 140 yards with a touchdown versus Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl. Then in 2015, he had a game and a half against Georgia going for 6 catches for 133 yards in the TaxSlayer.com Bowl. For a going away party, he lit up USC for 9 catches, 187 yards, and 2 touchdowns in the Rose Bowl this past year. He beat an upper tier cornerback coming out this year, Adoree’ Jackson on some of those catches.
If the “Skimmer” out there didn’t know who Chris was before the NFL combine, he sure does know who he is now! He tore apart the combine, which in turn has shot his draft stock up.
2017 NFL Combine Numbers
The first thing that jumps off the page for me when I studied Mr. Godwin was how quickly he gets off the line. You can’t miss the way he leans into his routes against corners to create separation. His hitch and go routes are some of the best I have seen this year. He plants his foot in the ground and next thing you know, he is 10 yards down field and securing the catch. Runs a good amount of routes and is willing to go over the middle in dig routes. He has the size to go up and grab contested balls on a consistent basis. Other teams respected Godwin so much that the Penn State brass used him as a decoy on many plays, especially in the 2016 close game against Indiana.
A willing blocker and is a tough, get up and dust yourself off player who knows how to play in the cold. He does not stop until the whistle is blown, and knows when to come back to the ball when the QB is under duress.
Even though he is a willing blocker he sometimes disengages too soon and does not sustain or seal the block. Needs to build his footwork off his release, instead of relying on pure quickness. I would have liked to see more of a twitch or snap in his break back routes, which is a common problem with incoming rookie wide outs. Sometimes jumps to grab a pass when he doesn’t have to. Godwin needs to be more of a hand catcher instead of using his body while jumping and taking unnecessary hits.
NFL Comparison: Hines Ward
Ok, you Terrible Towel-waving jabroni’s, calm down! I am not saying this kid is a spitting image of Ward, but he has the same size and ferocity that Hines had and is a constant worker on the field and off. I think he will make a fine slot receiver with some outside possibilities because of his straight line speed. If he works on his breaks and keeps himself training against and with pro players and coaches, I really think he will be a huge steal for your dynasty team and for the NFL team who drafts him. Most likely in the second round of the NFL draft.
I see many, many pro tendencies already in Godwin. Let’s just hope he can get drafted by a team willing to give him a shot early at starting. I can see him becoming a quality starter in his second year. If he is still sitting there in your dynasty leagues in the third round then you play with a bunch of “Skimmer” owners!
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