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2015 NFL DRAFT

Markus Golden, DE

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 260 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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STRENGTHS: He has an explosive initial burst to challenge tackles and flashes speed off the edge. More often, his big plays come with a counter back to the inside, where he can out-quick and over-power blockers due to good agility, balance and core strength. Golden uses his hands well to deflect' blockers' attempts to latch on, showing good power to shock opponents back onto their heels with his punch.

One of Golden's most impressive qualities - especially given his relative lack of playing time - is his awareness in the passing game. When unable to get pressure on the quarterback, Golden times his leaps well and shows good hand-eye coordination to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage.

WEAKNESSES: Like Michael Sam, Golden sports a powerful, relatively compact frame rather than the lengthy athletic build scouts prefer at defensive end.

--Rob Rang (8/21/14)

Player Overview

The impressive legacy at Missouri of producing standout NFL defensive linemen is in capable hands with Golden, who quietly finished with more tackles and similar big plays a season ago as a reserve as Michael Sam, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Kony Ealy, a second round pick.

Despite playing an estimated 40 percent of the snaps last season, Golden recorded 55 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Golden also broke up eight passes, including one against Toledo in which he tipped to himself for the interception and raced 70 yards for a touchdown.

Golden exploded onto the SEC scene last year after serving as a backup and on special teams in his first season on campus. Golden transferred to Missouri a year earlier after recording an eye-popping 90 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks (along with five forced fumbles and two interceptions) while at Hutchison Community College.

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08/21/2014 - Missouri's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. DE Markus Golden, Redshirt Senior...The impressive legacy at Missouri of producing standout NFL defensive linemen is in capable hands with Golden, who quietly finished with more tackles and similar big plays a season ago as a reserve as Sam, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Ealy, a second round pick. Despite playing an estimated 40% of the snaps last season, Golden recorded 55 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Golden also broke up eight passes, including one against Toledo in which he tipped to himself for the interception and raced 70 yards for a touchdown. Golden exploded onto the SEC scene last year after serving as a backup and on special teams in his first season on campus. Golden transferred to Missouri a year earlier after recording an eye-popping 90 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks (along with five forced fumbles and two interceptions) while at Hutchison Community College. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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