Jonathan Goff Scouting Report

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Jonathan Goff Scouting Report

Position: ILB
Conference: SEC
School: Vanderbilt Commodores
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #47
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 235 lbs.
Drafted 5.30 in 2008 by NYG

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Jonathan Goff, ILB, Vanderbilt

Goff established himself as one of the top middle linebackers in the country with a solid 2006 season, during which he made 93 tackles -- 67 solo -- had 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He only got better this past season. He was a beast attacking the ball, as he was third in the Southeastern Conference with 113 tackles -- 61 solo. He also had 6.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. He was named to the AP and coaches All-SEC second team. Goff's size helps him cover a lot of ground. When he gets to the ball carrier, the play is over. He rarely fails to make a tackle once he gets his hands on a player. He has a good nose for the ball, as his tackle total would indicate. He has the elusive high motor that pro scouts love, with his production very consistent. He averaged almost nine tackles per game. Goff has very good athleticism for his size. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.72, which helps him be a factor in pass coverage. He shines brightest when stopping the run. The biggest negative for Goff is that despite his size, at times he has trouble shedding blocks. He needs to improve his hands to get away from defenders. He hasn't been real effective rushing the quarterback. Offensive linemen have been able to push him out of the play. That will be a major concern for NFL teams that like to blitz inside. Overall, he certainly has the athletic ability to play at the next level and with more coaching, the holes in his game appear to be correctable. It's unlikely he'll be around past the third round.

Last Updated Jan-22-2008 by Thomas Scott

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