As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman
Position: Defensive tackle
High school: Friendship Collegiate, Washington, D.C.
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA second team in 2011, when he had 38 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks and forced five fumbles. As a junior, he had 40 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
College: Florida State
Height, weight: 6-3, 336 pounds
By the numbers: Two-year starter finished his FSU career with 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and six sacks in 36 games, including 27 starts.
Draft positives: Thick from head to toe. Long arms and a wide frame, holds his weight comfortably. Fires out of his stance with good initial quickness. Easy bender, stays below the pads of the blocker, consistently winning the leverage battle. Strong, heavy hands that are very functional. Aggressive at the point of attack.
Draft negatives: Not as effective when he needs to use skill-based rush moves. He struggles to shed blocks if he doesn’t get the initial advantage off the snap. Lacks speed in pursuit, not a space player.
Projection: Round 1/2
What he says: “I can give you a little finesse now and again, but for the main part I’m just a tough, hard-nosed, aggressive kind of guy.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com