Sixth-Round Pick: Meech Goodson

The former Gonzaga basketball player overcame two injury-plagued seasons at Baylor to reach NFL. The cornerback, who is a brother of NFL running back Mike Goodson, had three interceptions during his senior season.

Demetri "Meech" Goodson

Cornerback
Baylor University Bears
#3
5:11.0-194
Spring, Texas
Gonzaga University
Klein Collins High School

OVERVIEW

Goodson was part of the school's largest contingent of players to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in 2014, as six Bears attended the event. The former Gonzaga University basketball player put on an impressive showing during the agility tests, easing some concerns team had in regards to his minimal football experience and annual injury issues since he returned to the gridiron from the hardwood court.

The cornerback, brother of Mike Goodson, a former Texas A&M tailback who is with the New York Jets after stops with Carolina and Oakland, had returned to the game of football three years ago after spending the 2008-11 seasons as a member of the Gonzaga basketball team, where he had started 68-of-69 games. The last time he had suited up to play football before coming to Baylor was during his sophomore season in high school.

Goodson finished his hoops career with 529 points and 206 assists, including averages of 5.2 points and 2.6 points to help the Zags capture their 11th consecutive West Coast Conference championship. Of note, he was the starting point guard in Gonzaga's 68-64 upset win over then-ninth ranked Baylor in December 2010.

It was not until the 2013 season that Goodson would emerge on the gridiron. Injuries in the previous two seasons had sidetracked his quest for playing time. His 2011 season was cut short when an ankle injury vs. Iowa State in the Bears fifth game would force him to the sidelines the rest of the year. The reserve cornerback had posted only one solo tackle, but gained 100 yards on three kickoff returns through four appearances.

Goodson would start three of the team's first four games at boundary cornerback in 2012, producing 16 tackles (15 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also intercepted one pass and deflected two others. However, in the Bears' fourth game, vs. West Virginia, he fractured his arm in two places, missing the rest of the schedule.

Goodson injured his arm again, missing the first two games of the 2013 campaign, but returned to start 10 of the next 11 contests, earning All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention. Shifting to field cornerback, he delivered just 26 tackles (22 solos), but intercepted three passes and deflected 13 others. Prior to playing in the Fiesta Bowl, Goodson graduated in December 2013 with a degree in general studies.

CAREER NOTES

Goodson appeared in 19 games, starting thirteen contests – ten at field cornerback and three at the boundary position…Recorded 43 tackles (38 solos) with two stops for losses of five yards…Intercepted four passes for 67 yards in returns and deflected 15 other tosses…Added 149 yards via five kickoff returns.

SEASON ANALYSIS

2013 SEASON

Started 10 of 11 games played at cornerback in final season in 2013, missed two games due to injury... Named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches... Totaled 26 tackles (22 solo), 16 breakups and team-high three interceptions (63 return yards)... Ranked sixth nationally and tied for Big 12 lead with 1.45 average PBUs per game... Sat out season's first two games nursing arm injury... Had interception (23-yard return) and two breakups (along with one tackle) in first start in win over West Virginia in team's fourth game (second game played)... Made interception (42-yard return) and had career-high three PBUs (two tackles) in win over No. 12 Oklahoma in team's eighth game... Season-high four tackles (three solo) in road win at TCU in team's 11th game... Made three tackles and tied career-high of three pass breakups in historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth... Made season's third interception (-2 yard return) in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF... Granted extra season of eligibility in 2013 after hardship waiver granted.

2012 SEASON

Played four of 13 games in injury-shortened season, started first three games... Broke arm early in fourth game and missed remainder of season... Totaled 16 tackles (15 solo, two for loss), one interception and two PBUs on season... Also had two kick returns for 49 yards... Made career-high seven tackles (all solo), including one for 3-yard loss and made pass breakup in season-opening win over SMU... Had five solo tackles (one for 2-yard loss) and made career-first interception (returned 14 yards) and added PBU in win over Sam Houston State in second game... Totaled four tackles (three solo) in win at ULM in third game... Did not start fourth game, but returned two kicks for 49 yards before suffering season-ending broken arm in first quarter at No. 9 West Virginia... Earned second career letter.

2011 SEASON

Played in four games as defensive reserve and on special teams before suffering season-ending injury... Earned first letter... Totaled one tackle and had three kick returns for 100 yards on season... Made collegiate football debut in second game vs. Stephen F. Austin, had one tackle... Returned two kickoffs for 78 yards, including season-long of 42 yards, in week four at Kansas State... Had one kick return for 22 yards in week five win vs. ISU before suffering ankle injury... Missed final eight games of season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Played three seasons of basketball at Gonzaga University, transferred to Baylor in August 2011... Started 68 of 69 games in final two seasons at GU... Started 35 games at point guard during 2010-11 season, averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 points to help Zags to 11th consecutive West Coast Conference championship... Starting PG in Gonzaga's 68-64 upset win over then-No. 9 Baylor in December 2010... Compiled 529 career points and 206 career assists.

AGILITY TESTS

4.52 in the 40-yard dash…1.62 10-yard dash…2.67 20-yard dash…4.34 20-yard shuttle… 6.80 three-cone drill…37-inch vertical jump…10'03" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 11 times…31 ¾-inch arm length…9 ¼-inch hands…74 ¼-inch wingspan.

PERSONAL

Goodson graduated in December 2013, with a degree in general studies…Brother of Mike Goodson, a former Texas A&M tailback who is currently with the New York Jets after previous stops with Carolina and Oakland..Son of Yolanda Pipe and Michael Goodson… Born Demetri Q. Goodson on 6/11/89 in Charleston, West Virginia…Resides in Spring, Texas.

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