Counting down the top 40 players on the Atlanta Falcons, the rankings kick off with the 40th-ranked player: defensive end Malliciah Goodman.
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Total Score: 39/100
Last year’s rank: 39
Player Grade: 48/100
Teams he is starter: 0 out of 32
Teams he is best position player: 0 out of 32
Teams he is role player: 20 out of 32
Peak-Year Bonus: +1
Positional Bonus: +4
Goodman’s rankings compared with last year is about the same. This year, his move to becoming an edge-rusher rather than a five-technique defensive end lowered his peak-year bonus.
Goodman has flashed ability throughout his two years in Atlanta, but has yet to completely put it all together. While he’s a capable run-defender, he is by no means dominant in that arena. He’ll be asked to become more of a pass-rusher in 2015 with the arrival of Dan Quinn and a new defensive scheme. It remains to be seen if Goodman can carve out a niche in this new defense.
Most likely, Goodman’s future is as a rotational player in the new scheme. There’s the potential that he could become a poor man’s Michael Bennett, showcasing the ability to play inside as a three-technique in the Falcons’ nickel sub-packages last summer. But the Falcons turned away from that during the regular season. At his best, Goodman could be a capable inside-outside player.
But 2015 will be a make or break season for Goodman’s career. If he can showcase the aforementioned versatility, there’s the strong possibility that he’ll be able to play a long time in Altanta. However if he does not, then it’s likely that Goodman will enter 2016, the final year on his rookie contract, on the roster bubble as the Falcons look to find better players that can play that “fast and physical” style that Quinn covets.
Goodman certainly has the potential to be one of those players, but he’ll have to show it this season.