Found January 07, 2013 on
Beyond the Combine:
#13 Deon Goggins, DT/DE Syracuse
HGT: 6-1 WGT: 275
Deon Goggins is an intriguing prospect whose journey to the this point has been anything but smooth. Goggins came to Syracuse as a Junior College transfer for the 2010 season, but redshirted. In 2011 he started all 12 games and lined up at both Defensive Tackle and Defensive End. Goggins finished the 2011 season with 43tkls; 7.5tfls; 1.5sacks; 1ff. Goggins started all 13 games in 2012 and was a key part of a defense that helped Syracuse win 5 out of it’s last 6 games including a convincing win over West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Goggins finished his senior campaign 6th on the team in tackles with 53tkls; 8.5tfls; 1sack and 2 quarterback hurries.
Very powerful and athletic defensive lineman, that has not only shown versatility, but has had success despite playing out of position. Has played both Defensive Tackle, End and even OLB. Has very good lateral agility and plays explosive. Shows good 1st step off the ball. Plays with a great motor, and displays great effort, running down field to make plays. Uses his quickness to beat blocks and get up field when offensive lineman try to solo block him. Does a decent job of striking, locking out and shedding blocks. Plays with good pad level and gets push on blockers to push the pocket. Understands leverage. When asked to play DE, does a good job of setting the edge. When asked to drop in coverage at DE, looks very comfortable and fluid. Has a very good array of pass-rush moves, when combined with his quickness, allows him to beat blocks and get pressure on the quarterback.
Doesn’t possess the elite size you would like to see at either defensive end or defensive tackle. Has trouble at the point of attack with big and physical offensive linemen. Also has trouble holding up and splitting the double team. Needs to improve on using his hands. At times hesitates in getting in to his pass-rush.
Deon Goggins proved to be productive as an undersized defensive tackle, he registered double digit tackles vs Rutgers and was all over the field vs West Virginia. Goggins has the athleticism and natural ability to kick outside and play defensive end or OLB in a 3-4 scheme. His role will expand as a special teams player once on a NFL team. Goggins was used many ways at Syracuse and I believe his versatility gives him added value. Sources tell me that Goggins will be a good tester during the evaluation process, which will help him catch teams attention. The reality of the situation is, Goggins may go un-drafted, but I think he would be a great late-round selection that will make a NFL roster in the right situation and be a true steal.
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