When Marquise Goodwin's name was called in the third round, it marked the second Texas player off the board in the 2013 Draft. Safety Kenny Vaccaro went in the first round to the New Orleans Saints.
“Marquise, in my opinion, has his best football ahead of him,” said Texas head coach Mack Brown. “He was such a star in track-winning the World Games in the long jump, being an Olympian, which was a goal of his and we sure didn’t want to get in the way. But because of that, he was never in a spring practice, and he was never around in the summer. He has tremendous skills-leaping ability, speed, and hand-eye coordination. He his tough and can be a kick returner as well. We think he has a great up side and someone will be lucky to get him.”
It's that athleticism that made him such a coveted prospect. Goodwin ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine when he ripped off a time of 4.27, a clocking that forced most teams to look past the fact that he was the Longhorns' third receiving option this past season.
"It felt great," Goodwin said of being drafted. "I was just sitting out there throwing the football with my brothers and sitting on the back of the truck talking. I was like, 'Dude, I don’t even think I’m going to go today. There are still receivers ranked ahead of me still on the board.' And they were like, 'No, you’re going today.' So we were just sitting out there, and I got the call while I was on the back of the truck, and my best friend went wild and started running everywhere frantically. He was really happy. It’s really exciting.
My time at Texas, it seems like it started yesterday," Goodwin said. "It went by so fast. It really taught me patience and how to persevere through thick-and-thin. Really to keep my head up and continue to grind no matter what. No matter how many statistics you have or anything. I went off the board before guys that had a lot more catches and yards than I did. But I’ve got a wonderful opportunity in front of me, and I’m just going to make the most of it."
It also helped that Goodwin was fresh off a great performance in the Alamo Bowl, putting up 132 rushing and receiving yards and scoring the Longhorns first and last (and game-winning) touchdowns on a 64-yard dart and a 36-yard catch.
Goodwin averaged 10.8 yards per carry (13-140) and 13.1 yards per catch (26-340) with six combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2012. He also had the team's top kick return average, at 25.2 yards per return.
Goodwin was also the United States' top long-jump candidate in the 2012 Summer Games in London after winning the long jump title at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. That came after winning the 2012 NCAA Outdoor and Indoor championships in the event.
Goodwin was the third Texas wide receiver drafted in the last six years.