With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Eddie Goldman
Position: 4-3 Defensive Tackle, 3-4 Nose Tackle, 3-4 Defensive End
Weight: 320 Pounds
College: Florida State University
2015 Stats: 35 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 8 Tackles for Loss, 1 Pass Breakup, 1 QB Hurry, 1 Forced Fumble
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Eddie Goldman’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Goldman.
Pros: Goldman has an incredible combination of strength, size, and quickness. He uses his hands very well and has phenomenal positional flexibility. He has played all over Florida State’s defensive line and is a combination of a pass rusher and run defender. Goldman can play all three downs and does a great job eating up double teams. He has good athleticism and a great motor while also displaying great lateral quickness.
Cons: Goldman struggles to disengage from his blocker and at times dances too much with the offensive linemen. He at times plays with his pad level too high and needs to refine his technique.
Our Take: Goldman is an impressive physical prospect with a great motor and awesome versatility. The question is, can he master one position to become a dominant force at that spot, or will he be a guy who uses his strength and athleticism to create mismatches depending on the situation? I think with some work on his technique he can become a dominant 3-4 defensive end, eating up two blockers with ease while not allowing any push back to happen. He will not get blown off the ball and that makes him an ideal fit to be a true 3-4 defensive end.
Final Grade: 92 out of 100
Goldman is a good physical prospect with low bust potential due to his flexibility and work ethic. If he can refine his technique, he can become a dominate 3-4 defensive end. If he can add some athleticism, he could become a great interior pass rusher. Either way, he should be a good player in the NFL that can contribute in multiple ways.
Possible Draft Spots: I see Goldman moving up draft boards over the next few months, eventually settling in the latter third of the first round. He has too much physical talent not to be a first round pick. Some teams that could use him are the Steelers at 22, Lions at 23, Cardinals at 24, Cowboys at 27, Broncos at 28, Colts at 29, Packers at 30, and Patriots at 32.
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