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INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has high hopes for his combine experience. He wants to set the all-time record for the fastest 40-yard dash and longest broad jump.
Goodwin doesn't have a specific time or distance in mind for either, but is aware of the previous high marks, and while it's his speed that will likely catch people's eyes, he is out to show he offers much more.
"[I'm] really looking to prove I'm more than a speed guy," he said.
From a Patriots perspective, a need exists at wide receiver, and a player who can take the top off of a defense with Goodwin's speed is something they have lacked since Randy Moss was still playing at a high level for them.
Given his speed, Goodwin, the former Olympic participant in the broad jump, might be viewed as a fit for the Patriots as a vertical threat.
Interestingly enough, Goodwin, who averaged more than 13 yards per catch in 2012, said that he draws inspiration from Wes Welker.
"Especially a Wes Welker-type guy," he said when asked about players he molds his game after. "He's really quick, gets in and out of his routes, he beats guys, he's not the fastest, but he looks fast on film. He looks fast watching him on TV. I definitely can borrow some things from him. He's been pretty successful. I can definitely learn a lot from him."
Goodwin will look to become the second member of the US track and field team who competed at the 2012 London Olympics to make an NFL roster. The first, of course, was Patriots running back Jeff Demps, who Goodwin said he is close with and has talked to about the transition to the NFL.
As for who is faster between the two?
"I don't know. It depends on what day it is," Goodwin said with a smile. "It depends on what race it is. On a piece of paper, he's faster than I am."