With so many holes to fill on the team, there have been many debates already on what direction the Chargers should go in the draft. The one glaring need is at the Nose Tackle position. Currently Sean Lissemore, who was brought in from Dallas in 2013, and Ryan Carrethers were taking turns at this spot. There does not seem to be a lot of depth at this position, and Lissemore can be perhaps better suited on the end of the line. San Diego needs someone who can take on two and perhaps three players; freeing up Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes to get into the backfield. With a long list of solid OL in this year’s draft, a desperate need of course, perhaps going after a high ranked D-Lineman would be the way to go with the 17th overall pick. The Bolts ranked 4th to last in sacks last year and opposing running backs seemed to find holes through the middle; just watch both games last year against Kansas City. A man who would look great in lightning bolt gear that could improve the defense promptly could be Eddie Goldman out of Florida State University.
Projected 40-yard dash: 4.8
*All pre-Combine unofficial estimations
As a junior in 2014, Eddie Goldman racked up 35 tackles with 8 tackles for loss and four sacks. Since arriving in Tallahassee in 2012, Eddie has played both Defensive End and Defensive Tackle; playing the tackle position last season. He played DT in 10 games as a true freshman, then moved to DE his sophomore year. His collegiate career stats equate to 62 tackles and 6 sacks.
Goldman’s measurables are deceiving as the weight/muscles distribution is even throughout his big frame. He plays low and is quick at the snap. He has the ability to beat his man quick in the middle and be on the quarterback before he’s done making his drop. With Eddie’s size and strength, he can easily be used at times to just be a cog – taking on a double team allowing the edge rushers and linebackers to burst through the line. Goldman has quick hands and gets them into the opposing man’s chest in a hurry – allowing his strength to push them back as if they were on skates. On the flip-side he was very rarely pushed back on his heels. With those speedy hands he is able to also either slap hands away or put a quick swim move on an opposing lineman. The biggest strength with Goldman is his ability to locate the ball quickly. With that talent, he is able to latch on to ball carriers as they attempt to run past him. When you add in his length and strong arms he can pull them down or pop the ball out.
I love this guy’s motor for a man his size, which was on display in the Rose Bowl against Oregon’s no-huddle offense. Eddie’s ability to play in any scheme and any position on the defensive line makes him very versatile. Even though he is more talented and known for his ability to stop the run than as a pass rusher, he does possess the strong leg drive to bull rush any interior lineman deep into the pocket; surprising Quarterbacks with his close-out quickness. The Seminoles have had a pretty stingy defense the last few years and ESPN’s Todd McShay was asked about Goldman. He stated, “He is dominant against the run and might be the best player on the FSU defense.” With his direct influence of any game, using his quickness, power and ball awareness, Eddie Goldman can be an immediate impact player on a line so desperate to improve.
As you can see in the highlight video below, he’s one of the most athletic men in the league at his size. If coached right, he could be a nightmare for opposing lineman.
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