Chris Godwin And The Bucs

March 24th, 2017

Heavy interest.

If last offseason is a window into this year’s draft, the Bucs will select a wide receiver early to be ready to step in when DeSean Jackson’s contract expires, if not contribute immediately.

Last year Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht signed defensive end Robert Ayers and cornerback Brent Grimes in free agency. In the draft, Licht’s first two picks were cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and defensive end Noah Spence.

So it caught Joe’s eyes when Jenna Laine of ESPN wrote that the Bucs have more than a passing interest in speedy Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin.

Two sources said Godwin had a private workout with Bucs assistant wide receivers coach Andrew Weidinger and has an official visit scheduled in Tampa in mid-April. Teams can work out an unlimited number of players at their schools, but can only bring in 30 prospects for official visits, with the exception of local prospects.

That’s not just interest, that is a heavy lean.

Privately working out a guy and also bringing him in for a visit? Teams don’t do that for someone they aren’t about ready to pull the trigger on, unless he has an accident on the carpet in winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s office.

The thing Joe likes about Godwin is what Joe also likes about Dalvin Cook: In big games, Godwin rose up. In three bowl games, Godwin had a total of 22 catches for 460 yards and three touchdowns, including 187 yards and two touchdowns against USC in the Rose Bowl.

Godwin, who clocked 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, is widely projected as a second- or third-round pick.

Ayers to Spence… Grimes to Hargreaves… Jackson to Godwin? Joe would be just fine with that.

33 Responses to “Chris Godwin And The Bucs”

  1. Chris Says:

    Looks good on tape.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Sounds like Godwin is considered to be a solid 3rd – 5th rnd WR. It’ll be interesting to see if someone pulls the trigger on him higher than that. If Corey Davis is there when our turn comes at #19 though, would love to see us draft him.

  3. Lunchbox Says:

    Full disclosure…I’m someone who relies heavily on the “eye” test. Stats are great, but I trust more what I see on the field. Hadn’t watched much on Godwin before this. That said, a couple observations.

    While being clocked at 4.42, he doesn’t seem to run away from too many defenders, but then Jerry Rice didn’t have the greatest speed either, and his career turned out alright.

    On the positive side though, also like Rice, he looks to have very soft hands, easily catching pretty much everything that comes his way without much effort. The tape I watched didn’t appear flashy, but very consistant. Like Joe, I’d be just fine with that.

  4. Lunchbox Says:

    Having said all that, I agree with Defense. If Corey Davis is there, you take him, even if every RB is still on the board. Maybe the safest pick in the draft. Reminds me of Megatron.

  5. Architek Says:

    Looks like a big WR that can RAC and YAC, would be very happy with this selection.

  6. Rrsrq Says:

    Stacey Coley, the U

  7. Todd Robison Says:

    we also need a running back to take pressure off jameis an a wide receiver. Jason Licht has done outstanding in free agency. If he scores a homerun in draft the bucs will be on there way to a super bowl. Go Jason! deep draft in both positions I mentioned plus another good pass rusher and safety. Love the kid Obi from UConn. Lets get him as well.

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    In a 3 Wr set- Evans, Jackson, and Godwin.
    Thats scary for defenses, especially when you add in Brate.
    And Sims in the Passing game- who I still like more than most.
    And add Humphrey in the 4 Wr set.

    Ive been Watching the Bucs since I was a little kid, in 76′.
    The only time our Passing attack compared to that of our Superbowl year
    Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan MacCardell, Joe Jurevicious.

    If the Draft goes like we think- its gonna be exciting times in Tampa

  9. tdtb2015 Says:

    Licht’s formula is on fire! I consider Ayers to Spence… Grimes to Hargreaves… another Grand Slam from Licht. Yessss get the right guy to replace DJax at the end of his contract. It would be awesome to be able to find a gem in the later rounds.

    My wish would be to also land Cook, McCafrey or Njoku. #WeaponsforWinston

    Go Bucs!!!

  10. CarolinaBucFan Says:

    He seems to find the holes in the defense just enough to get open, and for his speed, he looked like a tough guy to bring down.
    Koetter could do some real damage with him, Evans and D-Jax on the field. You could move multiple guys around and line them up all over the place. Definitely wouldn’t mind a mid round pick for him

  11. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Funny… I’ve read a lot about the Bucs working out skill position guys that are considered 3rd-5th rnd picks, this makes me wonder if the team is thinking about a big time linemen in the first two rounds to bridge from Baker/McCoy or Hawley/Dotson in the next couple of years. If Robinson from Alabama is there a 19 that would load the cupboard with even more young talented offensive linemen.

    That being said, this is the silly season. Assume any and everything could be a smokescreen.

  12. Mort Says:

    Yes yes yes!!! So glad the Bucs are interested in him.

  13. James Walker Says:

    This guys seems to play best in big games.

  14. Joeypoppems Says:

    It is interesting. 3 guys they are interested in is Melifonwu, Godwin, and Mack. Godwin and Mack are Day 2 picks. Melifonwu will probly be a 1st round pick. Just makes you think….

  15. NycBuc Says:

    This guy sounds (I don’t watch psu footballl or film) a great 2nd round wr. I hope he’s there when Bucs on clock.

  16. R.O. Says:

    Grimes to HGIII makes zero sense. None..

  17. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    ^ Hargreaves the III

  18. Guzzie Says:

    Godwin is one of many non 1st round types receivers that promising, hope we double dip and grab 2, like a 2nd and a 5th, time to get some top flight talent at WR, enough with these UDFA street free agents or 5-7 round talents, the strongest WR depth throughout the league recently are Packers Patriots Steelers and Cardinals, although they have a top WR1, they are always drafting a WR every year, their 4-5 receivers would easily put Hump on the bench,

  19. Guzzie Says:

    Those 4 teams I mentioned also have top QBs, I should also include the Saints as always having top WR talent on their bench, MO WEAPONS MO PROBLEMS, for other teams

  20. Wausa Says:

    Goodwin will be drafted in the second round.
    I really like as a prospect he has great hands and very good speed

    His draft stock is way way up!

  21. tmaxcon Says:

    I’m a Goodwin fan for the exact reason Joe mentioned he steps up in big games. I did not realize Joe appreciated players that stepped up in big games. Especially since Joe defends the leader of the losing culture who disappears and has never stepped up when he’s team needs him the most.

  22. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I would love it if we draft Chris Godwin!

    This dude has stud NFL WR written all over him.

    He’s a Beast.

  23. USFBUC Says:

    I like Godwin. Just read that Winston has been working out with Rodney Adams from USF. Maybe the Bucs are interested in Adams as a late round pick?

  24. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    Kid looks good on tape to me. If the bucs like him so do I. I like anyone the bucs like.Trust in licht!!!!

  25. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Bla…Bla…Bla… BUILD THE DAMN WALL….but not south of the border!

  26. SOEbuc Says:

    This kid totally looks like Juervicious #2 for us. And what a qawinqidink, he went to Penn State. Needs to be picked up the second.

  27. Brandon Says:

    If we’re looking for an X then he is a pretty good prospect. Personally, I’d rather have Curtis Samuel in the slot due to his versatility and the fact that he can be used in so many different ways. Godwin looks a lot like a poor man’s Julio Jones.

  28. Bucsfanman Says:

    Tmax, you just can’t help yourself, can you?!
    My sister-in-law is alum so I’ve watched a few games. This is a solid pick, if interested.

  29. PABucsLover Says:

    Get Godwin! I’m from PA and watched this kid ball. Catch radius is fantastic, needs to work on strength but as a 2nd round pick I’d take him. I like RB in the first but don’t like Cook. Have been reading on his off-field issues and don’t think it’s worth the risk. Could be a special player or could be a bust, I know many of you will disagree and that’s ok. Just an opinion. But I think addressing the D-Line should be key, my question is why the Bucs have been, dare I say timid, in their hopes to put forth a solid front. Love Obi, kid could be a steal in the 2nd. Wouldn’t even mind getting him in the first. Go Bucs as always!

  30. Pawel Says:

    If im the GM, i sit at 19, if Corey Davis not there, move back, get some picks and get your guy Godwin.

  31. KingBuc17 Says:

    If Bucs sit at 19 and Davis, Howard, Njoku are gone we trade back with either Cleveland. If Cook is still on the board we take him at 33.

    If we trade back with Cleveland (-14 spots) we get their 2nd’s (33, 52) and 4th(108) with and third 5th (181)
    (33) OBI SS (50) Foreman RB1 (52) Henderson WR3(84) Hodges TE2 (108) Godwin WR4 (124) Mack RB2(126) Lawson DE (162) Anzalone OLB (181) Elder CB 3(204) Skipper RT(237) Toms C
    Love trading back in this “super DEEP” draft as this might yield us 3 full time starters and 4 rotational starters.

  32. Jameis Winston Says:

    We get Godwin, Imma ball out! Crabs legs all around!

  33. 1Eyed Willy Says:

    Watching the tape on Godwin I believe he is a top prospect. Will he be available in round 3? Also, does anyone believe that Cook held back in the combine on purpose so he could slide to the Bucs at 19?