TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter doesn't want to get carried away, but he thinks rookie Chris Godwin is starting to resemble a certain wide receiver he used to coach with the Atlanta Falcons -- four-time Pro Bowler Roddy White.
"He does compete for the ball," Koetter said of Godwin. "And it's way, way, way too early to say this, but in that respect, Chris reminds me a little bit of Roddy White. He's similar size, a big guy that competes for the ball."
Godwin has been one of the more consistent receivers for the Bucs this offseason. In fact, Koetter singled him and Adam Humphries out last week for being "the most consistent guys" in OTAs, praising them for making plays every day.
"I'm real happy with what Chris is doing," Koetter said.
That's carried over into mandatory minicamp.
"Chris is off to a fast start," Koetter said. "Let's temper it until we get the pads on, but he did it last year at Penn State and he's off to a good start here.”
Godwin and White's measurables are similar.
Godwin is listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. He clocked a 4.42 40 at the NFL combine and posted a 36-inch vertical jump. White was listed at 6-foot-0 and 211 pounds when he played. He ran a 4.45 40 but posted a 41-inch vertical.
Godwin isn't a burner like DeSean Jackson and doesn't get a whole lot of separation from defenders. He doesn't jump off the tape the way Jackson or Julio Jones would. But he's consistent in catching the ball and has shown good concentration and body awareness when leaping up to make tough grabs.
In three years at Penn State, Godwin produced 2,421 receiving yards, 10th among receivers from Power 5 schools, and his 11 touchdowns last season were tied for 11th-most. He had 13 catches on passes with 30 air yards or more in three years, tied for seventh-most in Power 5. Godwin's 504 receiving yards on targets of 20-plus yards were the most in the Big Ten in 2016.
In his last three years at UAB, White recorded 2,876 receiving yards with 14 touchdowns his senior season. From 2005-2013, he had 26 catches on passes with 30 air yards or more, eighth-most in the NFL during that span. From 2005 to 2015, White recorded 2,351 receiving yards on passes of 30-plus yards, 13th-most in the league.
The interesting thing with Godwin is where he'll line up. The Bucs already have Jackson and Mike Evans on the outside and Godwin's natural fit is on the outside. He is capable of lining up in the slot, but shifting Evans or Jackson into the slot for certain plays and allowing Godwin to work on the outside would be more conducive to his skillset.