Former Penn Stater Chris Godwin Was the Highest-Graded Receiver in the NFL, Per Pro Football Focus

By Nick Polak on March 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Dec 1, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.
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Penn State fans everywhere know how special of a football player Chris Godwin is, and now the rest of the country is learning, too. After a season in which he broke out and became one of the best pass-catchers in the nation, Pro Football Focus announced on Monday that Godwin was their highest-graded receiver in the league for his work this season.

Anyone who watched Godwin play this season should hardly be surprised by this news. The former third-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a career year, catching 86 passes on 121 targets for 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Not only did he gain a reputation for being a playmaker in the Tampa Bay offense, but he solidified himself as one of the league's most consistent and safe players to throw to. According to Pro Football Focus, he has a drop rate of just 2.2% since entering the league in 2017, which is the best mark of any player dating back to 2015. He was also recently ranked by PFF as the 20th-best player in the NFL.

Godwin has one year remaining on his rookie deal with the Buccs, and he is going to be in line for either a huge extension or a massive payday as a free agent a year from now.