Detroit Lions 2015 NFL Draft Watch: Combine Preview – Juniors

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Jan 1, 2015; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) makes a touchdown against Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (90) in the 2015 Rose Bowl college football game at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Goldman #90, DT – Florida State

A former five-star recruit, junior Eddie Goldman is a 6-4, 320 lb. defensive tackle who was the centerpiece of the Noles defensive line this past season. He began his career as a reserve tackle, became a starting end in 2013, and ultimately moved back inside in 2014. Goldman had 35 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, and one forced fumble in his final collegiate season.

Often compared to former Florida State tackle Timmy Jernigan (second round), Goldman utilizes his size well to two-gap and tie up double teams. In addition to being effective versus the run, Goldman exhibits the quickness, agility and balance to contribute as a pass-rusher. Most important to NFL teams, however, is his ability to make key plays when needed. Case in point: FSU’s 23-17 OT victory over Clemson. With the score tied at 17-17 and just under two minutes remaining, Clemson was poised to score from the FSU 18 yard line. Goldman made three critical plays that changed the course of the game: he forced a fumble that the Seminoles recovered, sacked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson for a four-yard loss on the first possession of overtime and, two plays later, led the way in making the stop on a fourth-and-1 play that went for no gain and sealed the win for FSU. As a late first/early second day prospect, Goldman will definitely be on the Lions’ radar screen.

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