Rookie mini camp jumped off today. Huzzah! Aside from the gratuitous yelling that probably took place, the media poked and prodded Malliciah Goodman about his freakishly long arms. They were the longest defensive lineman arms available in the draft, and the Falcons really really like them.
“It’s a lot easier for me to get extension on offensive linemen,” he said. “If I’m late shooting my hands, then it’s hard. I just have to be on point, shoot my hands up right and then it’s hard for them to get under me and stop me.”
Goodman’s hands, also unusually large, were described by scouts as “violent.”
“Big, violent aggressive hands,” explained Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff after the draft. “He can stick them into the breastplate and manipulate the offensive line or the blocker. He has the ability to shed. He’s a manipulative kind of defensive player with those strong hands.”
Mixed reviews abound regarding Goodman. Some suggest he's got all the physical tools to kick butt and take names at the next level. Others suggest he's an underperformer who doesn't give his all. The truth probably lies somewhere in between.