NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
As we move closer toward the Super Bowl and hopefully away from “deflategate” I continue my look at this year’s crop of Defensive Tackles. It is my belief that the Patriots could be in the market for a young player at the position to be the eventual replacement for Vince Wilfork in a year or so. With the way teams are passing more, it is important to find a player who is strong against the run but can create some pressure on the QB up the middle. Today, I am looking at the highly rated Eddie Goldman out of Florida State. Let’s see if he lives up to the hype on the field.Name: Eddie Goldman
School: Florida St. (JR.)
Weight: 320 Lbs.
Goldman has ideal size and his weight is distributed well. His size also gives him the flexibility to play all along the defensive line. In college, he played nose tackle, 3 technique, and 5 technique so he will be an option for any team and can stay on the field for all situations. Goldman anchors well, not giving up ground even when double teamed. He shows good athleticism and a good motor and also has good lateral quickness, showing the ability to slide down the line to make plays on the edge.
Despite his overall athleticism, Goldman does not jump off the tape from a pass rush threat standpoint. Far too often, I see him “dancing” with opposing offensive linemen, which leads me to question his overall strength. I was disappointed to see him moved away from the play even when he was only being blocked by one guy. Goldman seems to lack explosion and once he locks up with his opponent, that is where he stays. He rarely gets blown back, but he rarely pushes forward either and seems to get stuck at the line of scrimmage. He also struggles to disengage from his opponent when the run play is near him.
At this point in the evaluation process, we have either read or heard where the “experts” expect the draft eligible players to go. After watching multiple games of Goldman’s, I came away unimpressed and find myself wondering if I missed something that others are seeing. I see some short area quickness but it is inconsistent. He shows an ability to hold his ground against double teams, but doesn’t win when he is blocked by a single guy either. I think as a 5 technique he could do a nice job to set the edge and he could hold up inside in a 4-3, but I don’t envision him being a dominant game changer that others have suggested. I look at him more as a 3rd round value at this point.