2015 NFL DRAFT

Eddie Goldman, DT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Washington, DC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 336 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2741-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.283.031.8919 --4.827.62

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New England Patriots | #32
    Don't be surprised if the Patriots trade out of this pick, as teams will want to take advantage of the five-year contract options allowed to first round picks, making the No. 32 overall selection much more valuable than No. 33. If standing pat, Goldman's size and strength could make him an ideal replacement for longtime nose guard Vince Wilfork.
  • San Diego Chargers | #48
    The Chargers could use defensive line depth in the front seven and Goldman has the versatility to play in odd and even fronts.
  • New England Patriots | #32
    They need a big body inside to replace Vince Wilfork. Goldman is a power player who could be that guy.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #29
    The Colts have to get better on defense and it starts by putting big bodies in the middle of the defensive line and doing a better job of stopping the run (*cough* Jonas Gray *cough*).
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Goldman carries his 320 pounds well, sporting broad shoulders, a big bubble and thick limbs. He's quick off the snap, shooting his hands into the chest of opponents and showing good upper-body strength to extend and control.

Goldman plays with his knees bent and does a nice job of anchoring at the line of scrimmage, rarely getting pushed back. Good balance to keep his feet while stringing plays out wide. Long and strong enough to set the edge as a defensive end. He has the leg drive to bull rush interior linemen deep into the pocket and can surprise quarterbacks with his quickness to close.

Locates the ball quickly and does a nice job of latching onto ballcarriers as they attempt to run by, showing the reach and strength to pull them down or pop the ball out (Clemson). Scheme and position diverse. Just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Though quicker than he looks, Goldman isn't a consistent pass rush threat. His broad build makes it difficult for him to squeeze through gaps and he shows just phone-booth quickness. Generally needs a clear lane and collides with ballcarriers rather than exploding into them.

Still working on some of the finer details of position, including getting his hands up more often to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage and improved his recognition of cut-blocks. Surrounded by a lot of talent and was used as part of a rotation.

COMPARES TO: Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget starred as a defensive tackle at Illinois and he likely would enjoy similar success inside in the NFL if that was what the Chargers asked of him. With San Diego predominantly asking him to play the five-technique defensive end role in their 3-4, however, Liuget has used his strength and squatty frame (6-2, 300) to help control the line of scrimmage. Neither Liuget nor Goldman will ever compete for gaudy sack totals but their frame, strength and versatility make them key front line personnel.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Like most of the star players at Florida State, Goldman signed with the Seminoles as a highly rated prep, turning down the likes of Alabama and Auburn, among others. It didn't take Goldman long to establish himself even on Florida State's talented roster, appearing in 10 games as a true freshman, including in the ACC Championship win over Georgia Tech.

Goldman won a starting position at defensive end a year later, helping the Seminoles rank first in the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points allowed per game) and win the national championship. His statistics (19 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks) were hardly overwhelming and he did not generate much all-conference chatter amongst the media. Meanwhile, though, scouts were already beginning to buzz about Goldman's blend of size and power.

Moved inside in 2014 to his natural defensive tackle position, Goldman began to flourish. Though the junior again didn't post the kind of statistics (35 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks in 13 regular-season starts) to attract a lot of hype, his steady development, proven versatility and NFL-ready frame make him one of the most intriguing defensive tackle prospects in the country.

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05/04/2015 - Second-round pick Eddie Goldman, a Florida State nose tackle, lined up across from third-round Bears pick Hroniss Grasu, Oregon's center, in the Rose Bowl. "A good battle," general manager Ryan Pace said. "Those are two great players going at it and they'll be doing it again in practice. They're both competitive. You saw it throughout the game." Who won? Oregon won the game, and that's what counted. Pace wouldn't discount Goldman staying on the field for third downs even though the 6-foot-4, 336-pounder is a nose tackle. "I know a lot of people say 'when you say nose tackle, you just think this is a two-down guy,'" Pace said. "He can collapse the pocket. He's got strong power to bull rush, so he can provide that, too. That's going to help a lot. "I know it helps the outside linebackers when they're coming off the edge if you've got some push in the middle and he can provide that." - The Sports Xchange
 

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