5-9/198 North Carolina
Pros: Is a capable center fielder that is comfortable working in zone coverage. Shows nice awareness and intelligence with nice ball skills.
Cons: Undersized and gives little in run support. Misses too many tackles in the open field. Lacks pop as a tackler and doesn't consistently wrap. Lacks run instincts and seems tentative to come up and defend. Doesn't have hips, quickness, speed, or burst to match up with wideouts.
Overview: Goddard is a one-dimensional cover safety. PLayed strong safety for UNC, but the duties were more like a free safety in NFL. Had 7 picks as a senior
NFL Forecast: You can compare Goddard to Rashad Johnson, but the difference is that Goddard isn't nearly as polished in coverage, and doesn't have Johnson's athleticism and burst. The best Goddard can hope for is becoming a backup free safety for a team that likes to play a lot of Cover-2. He can be a nice dime back in such a scheme, and add value on special teams coverage. In time, might be developed enough that he is a serviceable stopgap starter if he can become really good in coverage to outweigh his run-stopping deficiencies. He could work with other teams as a dime back, but won't be great outside the Cover-2. He'd be a nice backup in Chicago.
ATL Forecast: Goddard could be a decent backup in Atlanta, assuming the Falcons use a lot of Cover 2 and need help at the dime spot. He isn't quite good enough to land that job immediately, but certainly could push for playing time two or so years down the road. In the meantime, he can stick in Atlanta if he proves to be a solid special teams player. About the best you can hope for him is someone that is between Antoine Harris and Gerald McBurrows.
Value: Goddard can add depth and is worth a pick, but probably only a seventh rounder.
Scouting Reports of safeties in the 2009 NFL Draft
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