Most of the general population of football fans was introduced to Chris Godwin during the epic 2017 Rose Bowl. The Penn State wide receiver made nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Days later, he declared for the NFL draft. And if his 40 time at the combine is any indication, it’s a move that’s going to pay off.
Godwin clocked a 4.42 40-yard dash on Saturday morning in Indianapolis, one of the best marks among wide receivers.
— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2017
#PennState asst Andy Frank predicted Chris Godwin would run MUCH faster than expected. Just did>Clocked an unofficial 4.42 weighing 209. Wow
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 4, 2017
4.42/4.44 for Chris Godwin. Really like him as a Rd 2 receiver the more I watch his tape. Can attack the ball.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 4, 2017
And Godwin is representing the Nittany Lions with some flashy blue and white cleats at the combine.
— Nittany Nation (@BasicBlues) March 3, 2017
Godwin — who also impressed in the bench press — measured in at 6-foot-1, 209 pounds and could be hearing his name earlier than some expected in April’s draft if his strong weekend continues. Entering the combine, CBS ranked Godwin as the 14th-best receiver in the draft and No. 100 overall prospect. He was projected as a third-round pick.
Michigan’s Amara Darboh also impressed with his 40 time of 4.46. Darboh (6-foot-1.5, 204 pounds) is considered the 10th-best receiver in the class by CBS and is projected to be a second- or third-round selection.