Bears pick DT Eddie Goldman in 2nd round

The Chicago Bears have selected former Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, a 336-pound space eater, in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Eddie Goldman
Florida State / 6'4 / 336 lbs
  • DT
  • [2] #7

Analysis

Goldman signed with Florida State from the D.C. area as a five-star prospect and one of the very best recruits in the 2012 class. Like many others in Tallahassee he was three and out. Goldman has raw, brute strength that’s well suited to play the under tackle position in a 4-3 or the five-technique or nose guard position in the 3-4. He started every game over the last two seasons and finished his career with 62 tackles, six sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss. This defensive tackle is fairly quick, agile, and tough. Goldman is a high character player that works hard.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

The Chicago Bears addressed the defensive line with the 39th overall pick in the draft, selecting former Florida State nose tackle Eddie Goldman.

Goldman is a huge space eater (6-4, 336) who excels against the run. He’s a two-gap specialist who will be very valuable to Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on 1st and 2nd down.

The Bears had a big need at nose tackle, with Ego Ferguson unproven and Jeremiah Ratliff always hurt, and Goldman fills that need. He’s powerful in the upper body, explodes out of his stance and plays with good balance.

In his senior season, Goldman had 4.0 sacks, eight tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Scouts worry about his lack of consistent pass rush but for the Bears, who were looking to improve the run defense in this draft, Goldman is a solid fit for the club’s new 3-4 defense.

Goldman was named a third-team All-American and Second-Team All-ACC in 2014.

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