Breakdown: Bears Select Eddie Goldman

Everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears' second-round selection of defensive tackle Eddie Goldman out of Florida State from Scout's college and pro football experts.

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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

Instant Analysis from Scout's Jamie Newberg:

The Bears are switching defenses to a 3-4 and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman will this Chicago a versatile big body. He 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 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 who works hard.

Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:

Eddie Goldman is not a bad “consolation prize” for a nose guard-needy team that might not have the high draft pick to select Washington’s Danny Shelton to fill that void. He’s not going to put up the highly impressive numbers the Husky has produced this year, but he’s accounted for four sacks among his eight stops-for-loss, delivering 35 tackles while starting every game, despite being hobbled late in the year by an ankle sprain that would force him to miss three weeks of practice leading up to the bowl season.

Playing out of position at defensive end as a freshman and sophomore did not help Goldman produce statistically, as he had only 27 tackles with four stops-for-loss in 24 games. A logical move to nose guard has been his calling card to the NFL, as he is a wide-body type with very good shoulder and chest width, thick thighs and calves, long arms and a frame that can carry an additional 20-30 pounds with no loss in quickness.

Goldman has the functional quickness to gain penetration, showing good body control when running laterally. He demonstrates impressive agility in attempts to avoid cut blocks and stay up on his feet. His short area burst allows him to generate penetration, but it is his shake-and-shimmy that lets him avoid blockers at the point of attack. /

He shows the change of direction agility to make plays down the line, but despite good short area speed, he does tend to labor a bit running long distances. He has good strength, but needs to be more physical in his play, as he sometimes drops his hands, leaving his chest exposed for the blocker to lock on.

The move inside this year has seen Goldman be come a disruptive force whose improved hand usage allows him to push the pocket and get an edge of the offensive guards. He’s been playing with good field awareness and is quick to locate the ball working in trash. He has a very explosive initial burst, getting good penetration and generates powerful pop on contact.

In 2014, he’s learned how to stay low in his pads with a wide base to anchor at the point of attack. He’s much better trying to split the double teams this year and plays with natural leverage and strength. The Seminole has the upper body power to separate from blocks quickly and shows nimble feet in perimeter pursuit. He’s proven to be very hard to push and drive out of the hole when he drops his weight and plants his feet. He has the upper body power to wrap and secure as a tackler and his improved hand placement.

Goldman has a solid, thick frame with good upper body muscle development, big bubble, thick thighs, long arms and large hands. He emerged in 2005 as a disruptive force, reminiscent to former FSU standout Darnell Dockett (Arizona) during his final season with the Seminoles. Goldman is bigger and slightly stronger than Dockett, much like his former teammate, both lack the size and bulk to be considered a classic two-gap defender.

The junior is a good worker in the weight room and practices, and coaches cite his good work ethic and character, immediately dismissing his 2013 suspension as simply a “one time incident.” He has a good feel for the flow of the play and the vision to track the ball through trash. He developed into a disruptive force in the middle in 2014 after adding more than 25 pounds of bulk to his frame from his sophomore season (303 to 329). The added weight helped him generate his natural leverage while displaying the strength to hold his ground at the point of attack.

Goldman uses his hands with good efficiency and can dominate vs. isolated blockers. He explodes into the line upon contact and has the leg drive to push the offensive linemen into the quarterback. He has the upper body power to penetrate and defeat double teams. He shows good quickness coming off the edge of the offensive guard and the in-line burst to slip through the gaps. It is very rare to see him get pushed and driven out of the rush lanes due to his balance, anchor and strong lower frame.

Goldman demonstrates functional lateral agility and hip flexibility to redirect. He has a good short area burst that he uses to close and is active with his hands when working in-line. He gives good chase effort to make plays along the perimeter and shows good pop upon contact. He is a strong tackler who brings his arms and feet to wrap and secure. In the past, when playing at 305 pounds, there were times he left his feet behind, but the additional bulk and improved lower body base allowed him to fit and finish in space better in 2014.

Even with four sacks as a senior, he is never going to be considered even an adequate sack artist. He is best when bull rushing, as he gets a tremendous force behind his hand jolt and consistently pushes the pocket. He has good speed, but not enough to get up field on an edge. Goldman showed as a junior that he could get inside position, thanks to greatly improved hand usage. He has the upper body strength to shed and throw off blocks at his present weight, but still has more frame capacity to add more bulk.

With his increased size and strength, he was able to shed quicker than in the past. His hands were not always an asset, as he did not show the activity with them in the past as he did as a senior. He still needs to develop better rip and swim moves to clear, but he can snatch and separate with good efficiency.

Goldman has the ability to push the blocker back with his raw strength and might finally be living up to his high school exploits. He still could use additional bulk, but for teams utilizing a 4-3 system with an under tackle, or need a big body to clog the middle and play over the head of the center, Goldman is ready to fill that need.

Eddie Goldman NFL Scouting Combine measurables


6-4/326
33 1/8-inch arm length
10 1/8-inch hands

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.

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