How 5 Rookies Have Fared that the Colts Could’ve Taken Over Phillip Dorsett

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Oct 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman (91) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Eddie Goldman, Nose Tackle: Chicago Bears

Pick: Round 2, Pick #39

Height/Weight: 6’3″, 332 pounds

College: Florida State


For the Chicago Bears, Eddie Goldman has been impressive manning the middle in his rookie campaign. The former Seminole standout has appeared in 14 games, making 11 starts and recorded 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks–the 2nd most sacks among all rookie defensive players.

Per ProFootballFocus (PFF), Goldman has received a +7.2 grade overall–which is the 21st best among all nose tackles. His grade is highlighted by a +4.9 pass rush grade. While Goldman was highly regarded for his run-stopping ability entering the draft, it’s actually been his pass rushing ability that has been his calling card so far.

While rookie David Parry has been a pleasant find for the Colts as a 5th round pick at nose tackle, Goldman would’ve represented a considerable upgrade starting. According to PFF, Parry has received a -10.8 grade overall, which is 67th among all nose tackles.

Needless to say, Goldman would’ve represented a clear upgrade for the team’s starting defensive line this season, especially in the pass rushing department. Parry has had his moments, but may be best suited as a rotational defensive lineman going forward.