2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kedric Golston

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300 | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

The team captain was plagued by injury problems most of his senior year, but showed his "true grit" by playing in 10 games. One of the strongest players in college football, he was the recipient of the 2005 Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning Award. He finished his career as a major part of a graduating class that earned 44 victories -- most by any senior class in Georgia history.

Golston earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia and AAAA first-team All-State honors as a defensive end his junior and senior seasons at Sandy Creek High School. He was a Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State, Prep Stars Top 125 Dream Team and Super Prep national Elite 50 selection. Parade, Prep Stars and Super Prep all gave him All-America recognition.

The Fayette County Player of the Year as a senior and junior, Golston was a three-time All-County pick. He started four seasons at Sandy Creek, serving as team captain during his senior year. The team MVP recorded 55 tackles and 11 sacks in six games as a senior. He registered 88 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior and holds the school's career sack record with 45. He lettered twice in basketball and finished second in the state in wrestling during his junior year.

In 2002, Golston was the first true freshman to start the season opener on Georgia's defensive line since Travis Stroud in 1994. He overcame a broken femur (leg) suffered in an auto accident in September of 2001, resulting in two weeks in intensive care and lengthy rehabilitation. Golston played in all 14 games, including three starts. He was a member of a team that won Georgia's first SEC championship in 20 years, recording 34 tackles (10 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses and a forced fumble.

Golston had the rods in his leg removed during 2003 spring drills. He started the first six games for the Bulldogs that season before suffering a broken shoulder blade in practice. He returned in a reserve role later in the campaign, finishing with 17 tackles (8 solos) and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Golston earned All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention in 2004. He posted 23 tackles (12 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses while starting every game. Hoping to improve on those totals, Golston was primed for a breakout season in 2005. But he was suspended for the season opener after being arrested in April for simple battery of a police officer, obstruction of a police officer and disorderly conduct during a bar fight. He missed significant time during his final season due to lingering ankle and elbow injuries. In 10 games, Golston made 21 tackles (13 solos) with 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

In 44 games with the Bulldogs, Golston started 30 times. He collected 95 tackles (43 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus-20 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 36 yards. He recovered three fumbles and deflected a pass.

Analysis

Positives: Solidly built athlete with broad shoulders, thick legs, wide chest and a big bubble … Has a quick straight-line burst and has a chance to get on the edge of a blocker when he keeps his pad level down … Shows good effort closing on the ball once he is able to locate it … Relies on his burst to beat blockers coming off the ball and seems more suited to play in a one-gap alignment … Has the speed to chase plays down the line and will collide and wrap in limited areas … Despite missing targets when playing in space, he is not a soft tackler … Has the upper body strength to push offensive guards back and pressure the pocket.

Negatives: Has shorter than ideal arm length … Needs to play in the gap in order to be effective coming off the ball … Lacks a feel for blocking schemes and is slow to anticipate the play … Plays too high, losing leverage … Despite his weight room strength, he fails to translate it to the field, as he is slow fighting off double teams and does not keep a wide base to hold ground at the point of attack … His base issues make it hard for him to operate in a two-gap alignment … Gets covered up often because he is unable to sink his weight, standing too tall, letting blockers absorb into his body … Struggles with hand placement in attempts to shed … Has hip stiffness and marginal change of direction agility, making him a liability playing in space … Lacks pass rush moves and gets most of his pressure when he is unimpeded in his initial charge … Has had a few off-field incidents that resulted in two suspensions during his career at Georgia.

Golston has a strong-looking frame with good upper body muscle development, but his weight room prowess does not always translate to the field. He gets too narrow in his base and has stiff hips that cause him to struggle when trying to redirect. He does his best work inside the gap, as he has the short area burst to pressure the pocket.

Golston lacks pass rush moves and proper hand placement. He is good at pressuring the quarterback and pushing guards into the pocket, but does not protect his body well vs. low blocks. He has short arms and keeps them even shorter, rather than extend them to attempt to shed blocks.

Golston gives good effort on the field and once he is able to locate the ball, he shows good urgency getting in on the action. While he has the ability to get on the edge of a blocker, he only seems effective when playing in the short areas. He loses focus at times when having to sift through the play to locate the ball. He is a decent collision-type tackler, but needs to do a better job of getting to the ball when working along the perimeter.

Golston is good at occupying multiple blockers, providing some push on the pocket and shooting the gaps. But he lacks productivity and will generally fail to seal the deal as a tackler when in pursuit. He has a long string of nagging injuries that bring up durability concerns and did have a known off-field incident in 2005 that needs further evaluation.

His stiff hips and lack of change of direction agility prevent Golston from being anything more than a one-gap defensive tackle. Late in the draft, he might be worth a look, but his potential will have to override his production in order for a team to feel comfortable using that pick.

Career Notes

First true freshman to start his first career game on the Georgia defensive line since Travis Stroud in 1994 … Has started at least three games in each year with the team … Part of a graduating class that registered 44 victories over the last four seasons, a school record.

2005 Season

Winner of the 2005 Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning Award … Served as team co-captain … Played in 10 games, starting nine … Suspended for the season opener due to a team rules violation and missed the Arkansas and Florida games with lingering elbow and ankle injuries … Finished with 21 tackles (13 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus-10 yards and 2.5 stops for losses of 13 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Boise State … Did not play (suspension).

South Carolina, Auburn and Georgia Tech … Made one tackle in each game.

Louisiana-Monroe … Added a solo tackle and stopped QB Steven Jyles for a 3-yard loss on an option run in the third quarter.

Mississippi State … Started, but did not record any tackles.

Tennessee … Made a pair of assisted tackles.

Vanderbilt … Added one solo tackle before leaving the game in the first quarter when he tore a ligament in his left elbow

Arkansas and Florida … Did not play (elbow) … When Golston returned to the playing field after a two-game absence, instead of surgery, the senior tackle played with a bulky, black brace that was held in place by myriad straps and prevented him from fully straightening his arm. "I tore the ligament and shaved a piece of the bone off, so I had a real bad bone bruise," Golston said matter-of-factly. "The doctors said I was as close to dislocating it as I could be without dislocating it."

Auburn … Came off the bench on his return and made an assisted tackle before being forced out of the game in the first quarter with a left ankle sprain.

Kentucky … Back on the field and in the starting lineup the following week, coming up with two solo tackles.

Louisiana State (SEC Championship) … Registered four solo tackles with a quarterback pressure and assisted defensive end Marcus Howard in sacking QB JaMarcus Russell for a 10-yard loss midway through the second quarter.

West Virginia (Sugar Bowl) … Closed the year with his finest performance as a senior, coming up with seven tackles (4 solos) and a 5-yard sack of QB Pat White on a third-and-11 play in the third quarter, forcing the Mountaineers to punt.

2004 Season

Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention … Named the recipient of the True Grit Award and named the team's Outstanding Defensive Lineman at the conclusion of spring practice … Started every game at strongside defensive tackle … Made 23 tackles (12 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus-8 yards and 2.5 stops for losses of 13 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

South Carolina … Registered four tackles (3 assists).

Marshall … Assisted defensive end Will Thompson in sacking QB Stan Hill for a 6-yard loss

on a third-and-goal play during the game's opening drive.

Tennessee and Georgia Tech … Totaled three tackles in each game.

Arkansas … Had a pair of tackles and sacked QB Robert Johnson for a 5-yard loss with 3:10 left to play … Also delivered three quarterback pressures.

Florida … Posted two more tackles, including one that stopped tailback Ciatrick Faison for a 5-yard loss on a run off left tackle at the start of the third quarter.

2003 Season

Started the first six games at nose guard before suffering a right shoulder blade injury in practice … Returned to play in a reserve role during the team's final two games … Made 17 tackles (8 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss, two fumble recoveries and a pass deflection.

2003 Game Analysis

Middle Tennessee … Collected three assisted tackles and recovered a fumble.

South Carolina, Louisiana State (regular season meeting) and Louisiana State (SEC Championship) … Registered a pair of tackles in each game.

Alabama … Made a stop for a 3-yard loss.

Tennessee … Had a season-high six tackles (3 solos) and recovered a fumble.

2002 Season

Member of Georgia's first Southeastern Conference championship team in 20 seasons … Started three of 14 games at nose guard, recording a career-high 34 tackles (10 solos) with an assisted sack for minus-2 yards and 2.5 stops for losses of 7 yards … Also recovered a fumble.

Injury Report

2001: Suffered a fractured femur in a September car accident and had rods and pins placed in his leg. He underwent and extensive rehabilitation and spent two weeks in intensive care.

2003: Had rods in his leg (from auto accident in 2001) removed in the spring … Suffered a right shoulder blade fracture in a mid-October practice (10/15) and missed the next six games vs. Vanderbilt, Alabama-Birmingham, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.

2005: Bothered in spring drills (4/27) with right turf toe … Suffered a left elbow ligament tear in the first quarter vs. Vanderbilt (10/15), missing the next two games, vs. Arkansas and Florida. He was fitted with a bulky, black brace that was held in place by myriad straps and prevented him from fully straightening his arm … Returned to the field vs. Auburn (11/12), but left the game in the first quarter with a left ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.05 in the 40-yard dash … 485-pound bench press … 500-pound squat … 341-pound power clean … 32 -inch arm length … 10 -inch hands … Left-handed … 11/20 Wonderlic score.

Off-Field Issues

2005: Golston was suspended for the season opener vs. Boise State due to his part in an April incident. On April 11th, Kedric Golston was charged with simple battery of a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. Linebacker Derrick White was charged with disorderly conduct. Marquis Elmore, a defensive tackle, was also listed on a police report.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. at the Classic City Saloon. Police reports indicate a very confusing scene with a melee going on among several people. White, who was described as "very irate", reportedly pulled away from one officer trying to detain him and had to be subdued by multiple officers. The police reports allege that Golston tried to get the police officers to let White go and refused to back off when instructed to do so.

As White was arrested, police had to use pepper spray and draw their batons to calm down the crowd. Golston and White were both released on bond. In 2001, Bulldog tight end Randy McMichael was suspended following a fight in the same establishment.

2003: Was one of nine Georgia football players declared ineligible in April by the NCAA for selling their 2002 Southeastern Conference championship rings. The group included senior receiver Michael Johnson and cornerbacks Kenny Bailey and Bruce Thornton, junior receiver Fred Gibson and four sophomores -- defensive tackle Darrius Swain, linebacker Tony Taylor, cornerback Tim Jennings and walk-on Trey Young. Golston, who had already been cited by the university for selling his ring, was also declared ineligible. The school appealed the NCAA's ruling. The university, which worked to recover the rings, did not say how much money the players received for the rings. The players were required to make restitution for the money they received from the sale of their rings.

High School

Attended Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Rodney Walker … Earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, and AAAA first-team All-State honors as a defensive end his junior and senior seasons … Was a Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State, Prep Stars Top 125 Dream Team and Super Prep national Elite 50 pick … Parade, Prep Stars and Super Prep all gave him All-America recognition … The Fayette County Player of the Year as a senior and junior, Golston was a three-time All-County pick … Started four seasons at Sandy Creek, serving as team captain during his senior year … The team MVP recorded 55 tackles and 11 sacks in six games as a senior … Registered 88 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior and holds the school's all-time sack record with 45 … Lettered twice in basketball and finished second in the state in wrestling during his junior year.

Personal

Child and Family Development major … Born 5/30/83 … Resides in Tyrone, Georgia.

 
 
 

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