Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) makes a touchdown against Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (90). Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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RD 1 – Eddie Goldman, DL, Florida State
“The tackles have been underwhelming, and B.J. Raji’s status for next season is unknown. Goldman is a hustler who has raised his level of play despite the Seminoles suffering multiple injuries up front. He’d be a nose tackle, or a shade player, in this scheme. Goldman’s tape should stand out to Ted Thompson, who knows the need for reinforcements up front”–Eric Edholm.
Goldman is considered by many to be one of the top interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft and has definitely had his fair share of dominant performances in his time at Florida State.
However, I wasn’t impressed with Goldman’s performance against Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks offense took what they wanted up the middle with little resistance all game. Goldman disappeared, and a similar case could be said when facing other high-powered offenses in college football, like Georgia Tech and Miami.
Goldman still has plenty of desirable traits as a defensive lineman and still has enough “wow” plays on tape to make him an early-round pick.
However, more consistency in his game would make this pick more reassuring.