It's no surprise that the Giants need a defensive tackle this offseason. Johnathan Hankins is a stud, but outside of him, there's really nobody left. Eddie Goldman is a stud defensive tackle from the Florida State Seminoles. He took over once Timmy Jernigan left for Baltimore. Is he a fit for our New York Giants? Let's take a look:
- Prototypical length at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds
- Country strength to hold up at the point of attack and not get moved off.
- Scheme versatile
- Knows how to use leverage in run defense and has vines for arms that can take down runners
- Struggles to disengage from blocks at times
- Doesn't offer much as a pass rusher, gets too wide at times.
- Not an explosive player with a disappointingly sluggish (if heavy) punch
- Questionable motor
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Not the greatest fit, to be honest. I'd like to think that the Giants would be looking for a three technique defensive tackle that can rush the passer and I just don't see that from Goldman. I noted that Goldman is "scheme versatile" but three technique would be the worst fit for him in my opinion. I think as a 1 technique, he can take on a double team and even at 320 pounds possibly two gap. His best fit would be as a 5 technique collapsing the edge on his side.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 21
Mocking The Draft - 7
CBS Sports - 20
Draft Tek - 14
I think Goldman is a very good player. I don't think he's worthy of a top 20 pick, however, and it's because of the lack of explosion that I personally see (others may disagree). I actually compare him quite well to his predecessor Timmy Jernigan. They both have freakish strength and are immovable at the point of attack. They have heavy punches and can collapse the pocket against lighter tackles. Jernigan went in the second round, but since Goldman has much better length than Jernigan, I think he should go anywhere from 20-30 as his sweet spot. If he's available when the Giants pick at 40, I would be hard pressed to pass on him due to the sheer talent, but I don't think he should be an option at a top 10 pick.