The 2017 NFL Draft is coming at us quickly. The yearly extravaganza will take place in Philadelphia from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29 this year. Over the span of three days, a whole host of former college football stars will be finding a new home where they will hopefully impress during the offseason and be able to make a living by playing on Sundays.
Between now and the end of April we will be featuring some of the stars of tomorrow. Many of these are names from big time college football programs you will recognize, while some will be new to all but the most dedicated followers of the sport.
Today we look at Chris Godwin, a wide receiver out of Penn State who some consider to be the most overlooked player at his position in the entire Big Ten.
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If leaving an outstanding final impression is what impacts your draft status the most then WR Chris Godwin has vaulted himself close to the top of the draft after the beat-down he single-handedly put on the USC secondary in the Rose Bowl. Godwin harnessed all his potential in that one game as he had nine receptions for 187 yards (career high) and a couple of touchdowns. NFL scouts will be spending the next few months evaluating if that is a performance that Godwin can put together on a weekly basis for a team on Sundays.
Godwin did not actually hit the 1,000 yard receiving this year (as a junior) like he did as a sophomore, but he was more explosive overall with an average of over 16 yards per reception. He also more than doubled his touchdown output from five to 11 in 2016. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds he has the height and range to jump over smaller defensive backs and he has shown an impressive ability to come down with the ball in contested situations.
Despite all this Godwin was named just third team All-Big Ten by the media, something he can use as motivation when given a chance in the NFL.
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