Eddie Goldman was a three year collegiate player at Florida State before he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft. In the draft he was taken early in the second round by the Chicago Bears. Goldman is a 6’4” 330 pound plus nose tackle. In his three seasons at Florida State, Goldman was the cog in the middle of a pretty good defense. He helped Florida State reach the national championship game in 2013. Goldman also earned All-ACC and third team All-American honors during his time at Florida State.
He had over 60 tackles and 6 sacks in his three years. As a nose tackle, Goldman is a good run stopper who uses his size and strength to push back offensive lineman. He is better than most nose tackles at shedding blockers to make plays. Whereas, some nose tackles simply use their size to occupy running lanes, Goldman has the strength to push back and attack the offense. He has great power up top and in his hands to knock lineman off balance but mobility is not his greatest strength. That is the one knock on Goldman. He is not much a player in the passing game and lacks as a pass rusher although he did generate a few sacks in college. Most teams viewed him as a good run stopper that could only play on first and second down. Even if Goldman is simply a two down player he has plenty of value and Chicago was one of the teams that saw it.
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It is not abnormal for nose tackles to sub out on third down for defensive ends who are better at rushing the passer. The Chicago Bears defense was horrific last year and they could use a presence in the middle. Goldman will have the ability to earn a starting gig in his rookie season. Stopping the running game is an important factor in the NFL and Goldman will help the Bears in that area right away. He will likely never evolve in a great pass rusher unless he got his weight down some, which in turn could possibly hurt his performance as a run stopper. He is the type of player who should focus on his strengths rather than working on his weaknesses. It would behoove the Bears to start Goldman on first and second down and then sub him out if they deem it necessary.
Even if he does not get the quarterback, he could have some value in the passing game by forcing the quarterback to get rid of the ball quicker than planned. Going early in the second round, the Bears will certainly have high hopes for Goldman in the future.
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