Colts Draft Profiles: Breaking Down the Top Nose Tackles

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Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State defensive lineman Eddie Goldman speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Goldman, Florida State

The 6’4″, 336 pound Goldman wasn’t able to participate in this year’s NFL combine because of an ankle injury. However, he’s been highly regarded as perhaps the best natural run stuffer in this year’s nose tackle draft class:

"“There might not be a better defensive tackle in the draft when it comes to stopping the run…At 336 pounds, Goldman is an anchor who can take on double teams and hold his ground.” –Chase Goodbread, College 24/7 Writer"

However, Goldman has also shown “a little wiggle”, as far as being able to rush the passer, so he may not be purely a 2-down player as a situational run stuffer:

"“Goldman is one-man road block when he lines up his broad, 336-pound body on the inside. Played end in 2013 on a talent-laden defense (No. 1 in nation, yielding 12.1 points per game). The experience may have improved his quickness and range. As a tackle, Goldman’s powerful legs and lower body allow him to collapse the pocket and prevent quarterbacks from stepping up.” –Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout"

His broad base and low center of gravity already have some NFL experts clamoring for Goldman to become a future “great pro”:

To his credit, Goldman was highly productive as part of a Florida State Seminoles program that has been a defensive line factory in recent seasons in producing quality players at the NFL level. He compares quite favorably to some of his NFL comparables:

Goldman was actually tied in most tackles for loss with 8.0 TFL, in addition to having the most sacks with 4.0 of this quartet. He clearly has a bright future ahead of him and should be taken in the second half of the 1st Round, if not in early Round 2. As perhaps the best run stuffing defensive lineman in this year’s draft class, his early selection would make quite a deal of sense for a team like the Colts.

Aug 30, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (90) on the line of scrimmage against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Florida State beat Oklahoma State 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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