Trimane Goddard Scouting Report

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Trimane Goddard Scouting Report

Position: SS
Conference: ACC
School: North Carolina Tar Heels
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #31
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 195 lbs.

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Trimane Goddard, SS, North Carolina

Trimane Goddard wasted no time becoming an impact player once he stepped foot on North Carolina's campus. As a true freshman he was a backup cornerback and a mainstay on special teams. As a sophomore the 5-11, 195 pound Robersonville, North Carolina native came into his own. After coming off the bench earlier in the year, Goddard started the last six games of the 2005 season at strong safety. Even as just a part-time starter Goddard tallied 53 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a team high three interceptions. By 2007, Goddard was a staple in the Tar Heels' secondary and ranked second on the team in tackles with 59. It has been during Goddard's senior season when scouts really started to take notice. Through six games, Goddard already has four interceptions, three pass break-ups and seven passes defended. Add 20 solo tackles to the mix and Goddard is putting up great numbers and playing a big part on a team that is performing surprisingly well. The bad news for Goddard is his size. At 5-11 and 195 pounds, he is not your usual big hitting safety. He can certainly deliver a blow and has plenty of speed, but Goddard will be labeled as more of a coverage safety than an all-around talent. That will drop him down into the third or fourth round of the draft. 11/11 Update: Goddard has increased his interception total on the year to six and counting. His tackle total will not likely be as high as it was last year, but that has more to do with the increase in weapons on the North Carolina defense. Goddard's size will still be his greatest concern heading into the NFL Draft and all the production in the world will not help that. 1/13 Update: Goddard finished the season with seven interceptions and 54 tackles. That has not moved his draft status up at this point. His production has been solid, but his size has created a third round ceiling on most draft boards. The best news for Goddard is all the safeties that have been dropping off the big board lately. Taylor Mays is returning to USC, Kam Chancellor is heading back to Virginia Tech and Myrone Rolle is going to Oxford for a year. With a good showing at the combine, Goddard could be a hot commodity and a second round pick by April.

Last Updated Jan-14-2009 by Joel Welser

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