A Diamond in the 2017 NFL Draft

By: Pernell Beals

Don’t know why, but Penn State former wide receiver, Chris Godwin, is the sleeper in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.

After his performance in the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017, his draft stock has shot up. He posted 9 receptions for 187-yards and 2 touchdowns. Although Godwin might seem like a one-game wonder, Godwin has been making plays for the Penn State Nittany Lions all season. Godwin has made big play after big play, and the Rose Bowl was just the cherry on top. Penn State did lose, but without Godwin and the plays he made in the Rose Bowl, the game would have gotten out of hand.

The talented Nittany lion put up some decent numbers this season. 59 receptions for 982 yards, reaching the end zone 11 times. The most impressive stat was his yards per catch. He averaged 16.6 yards a catch, making him first down machine. In 2015, Godwin reached the 1,000-yard mark.

Godwin’s numbers were overshadowed some by other known college football stars like Clemson Tiger wide receiver, Mike Williams, and Western Michigan’s, Corey Davis.

Chris Godwin could be another over looked Nittany lion; Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver, Allen Robinson, was also over looked when he was going into the 2014 NFL Draft. He went into the 2014 NFL Draft as a sleeper, he was pick as the 29th player in the second round. 60 players were chosen before the eventual 2016 Pro Bowler.

Look for Chris Godwin to take the same route.

If you are an NFL executive and in need of a good wide receiver, Chris Godwin is your guy.

(YouTube video is from Sean Bialaszek; lead photograph is from Scout.com)

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