With youthful depth an issue at defensive tackle, the Detroit Lions will likely look to fill the position somewhat early during the 2015 NFL Draft. Florida State’s Eddie Goldman has been thought of as a first round talent who’s massive body is capable of plugging a hole on any line much less Detroit’s, and that could make the prospect too good to pass up even in spite of the offseason additions the Lions have already made at the position.
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*Goldman did not work out on the field at the combine, instead choosing to showcase his talents at Florida State’s upcoming pro-day on March 31.
Traits And Projected Round
Goldman is a major space eater and one of the most elite run stoppers of this entire draft class. Even though he is quick and can drive linemen backwards while collapsing the pocket, he’s not going to generate much of a consistent pass rush or net many sacks, but his presence alone helps others be effective along the line given he can command a double team and open lanes. Goldman’s choice not to work out at the combine is a gamble, and arguably, he’ll have to have a big day in order to justify that decision.
Goldman will come off the board around the time the Lions pick in the first round, and could linger into the second if a rough pro day should plague his case. He won’t slip further than that, though.
Why The Detroit Lions Could Draft Eddie Goldman
With Haloti Ngata now in the fold, the Lions will be searching for defensive tackles that can do multiple things well besides rushing the passer. Their signing of Tyrunn Walker added a twitchy pass rusher and backfield threat to the mix, and Goldman’s addition could be made to help fortify everything else the Lions like to do up front as far as stopping the run goes. From that standpoint, he could make plenty of sense in a rotation. Goldman’s massive frame could help Detroit compensate for the loss of Ndamukong Suh both immediately and into the future.
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