2015 NFL Draft Profile: Eddie Goldman, DT Florida State


Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman isn’t your typical nose tackle.  He does a lot more than just take up space and clog running lanes.  His strength helps make him the kind of player who can dominate a blocker at the point of attack and make plays.  However, don’t expect those plays to involve much of a pass rush.

Because of his limitations in the pass game, Goldman’s stock in the 2015 NFL Draft could drop a bit.  However, don’t expect him to fall too far on draft day because a solid nose tackle doesn’t last too long.  He could play any spot on a 3-4 defensive line or act as a run clogging defensive tackle in a 4-3 base set.

Eddie Goldman chose not to participate in the physical events at the combine and stand on his merits of game tape.  But that doesn’t mean that he didn’t make a good impression in Indianapolis.  He wowed the interviewers in the media room with his knowledge of the game and the history surrounding it.

Oct 30, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (90) against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 336 pounds
  • Arm Length: 33.125″
  • Hand Size: 10.125″
  • 40 Yard Dash: N/A
  • Bench Press: N/A
  • Vertical Jump: N/A
  • Broad Jump: N/A
  • 3 Cone Drill: N/A
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: N/A

Draft Projection

Eddie Goldman is the #32 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft and the #5 defensive tackle available according to CBS Sports.  He projects to be a late first round to early second round selection.

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Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota brought in Linval Joseph to be the run stuffing presence on the Vikings defensive line last offseason, so Goldman would be a player to draft for competition or as a rotational/backup player.

My Take

Eddie Goldman is one of the best run stuffers in this year’s draft class, but I couldn’t see the Vikings using a first round selection on him considering the need for a player at his position isn’t a very large one.  I would even have a hard time seeing Minnesota use a second round selection on him because of that. Still, I’d expect him to be drafted by the time the Vikings second round draft pick comes along.

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