2015 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Top 5 Defensive Tackle Prospects

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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

1. Eddie Goldman – Florida State

Height: 6-foot-4 / Weight: 313 / Projected 40 Time: 5.34 / Projected Round: 1-2

Eddie Goldman is a big, strong, quick, and disruptive defensive tackle. He has good speed as a pass rusher, but is also stout against the run. In 2014 Goldman racked up 35 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, four sacks, one batted pass, and a forced fumble.

Goldman managed to break his way into the starting lineup in 2013, picking up 19 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and two sacks. He also missed one game due to suspension.

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Though it is good, the Seminole has room for improvement on his pass-rushing ability. His run stopping is however top of the line. He does a great job at maintaining his gaps and would be a solid, immediate impact player on the Detroit defense.

Furthermore, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has done some scouting at Florida State, though it’s unclear if he went to watch Goldman. Mayhew is also a Florida State alumnus.

Mayhew’s track record indicates that he tends to take the best available player, though the defensive tackle position may be in too dire need come the 2015 NFL Draft.

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