NFP Prospect Focus: Goldman, Armstead and McKinney

Eddie Goldman – DT – Florida State 6036 – 335 – 5.27 Eddie is a third year junior and two year starter for Florida State. The former 5-star recruit came in and played in 10 games as a true freshman and started the last two years. Strong Points – He is big, strong, and powerful. He shows good instincts and reactions and is consistently around the ball. He has excellent size and is light on his feet. He plays like he is an athlete, has very good hand use, and knows how to play with leverage. He has been a consistently good inside pass rusher while at FSU and has six sacks the last two seasons from inside. Weak Points – He did not workout at the Combine and had just an average workout at the Florida State pro day. He ran 5.27.had a 4.87 20 yard shuttle and a 7.62 3-cone. Some say he has inconsistent tape. I did not see that in the game viewed. Summation – Goldman is a big, tough, and versatile defensive lineman. He has the skill set that allows him to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. In a 3-4, he can play all three down positions. He is a solid three down lineman who will come in, play, and contribute right away as a rookie. I see him as a solid choice in the second half of the first round. Arik Armstead – DE – Oregon 6070 – 292 - 5.10 Arik was a highly recruited two sport star (basketball) in high school. He was rated as a 4-star football prospect and chose Oregon over some of the top programs in the country. He came in and played as a backup his true freshman year, was a part time starter in 2013, and started all 13 games in 2014. Strong Points – He has great size and length. He is light on his feet and can change direction. He is more of a finesse type player but can play with power. He is a solid pass rush talent who is scheme versatile. His best football should be in front of him. Weak Points – He is still very raw and learning the game. He really doesn’t know how good he can be. He needs to be tougher and play a more physical game as well as some work on hand use. Summation – Teams are all over the board with this guy. His tape doesn’t match his talent. He is still very young and won’t turn 22 until mid-November. He showed much improvement from the beginning of the 2014 season until the end. He has just scratched the surface of how good he can be. He has Pro Bowl type natural talent, but he needs to put in the time and effort to improve. This is a higher risk/reward pick. Benardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi State 6040 – 246 – 4.66 McKinney is a fourth year junior who entered the draft as an underclassman. He redshirted in 2011 and was a vital part of the Mississippi State defense the last three seasons. He led the team in tackles in each of the last two years. Strong Points – He has ideal inside linebacker size, strength, speed and athleticism. He was highly productive versus the run and good in pass coverage. He is aggressive at the point of attack, can shed blocks, can tackle, and is a big hitter. He is quick reacting, plays with top instincts, is around the ball, and makes plays. Weak Points – He shows just average ability as a pass rusher when used as a blitzer. While he gets and keeps good position in pass coverage, he has no career interceptions. Summation – He has an outstanding combination of size, speed and athleticism. He is an instinctive play maker and big hitter. He can control the middle of the field. He is alert and makes the defensive calls. He should be able to play in any scheme and come in and start right away as a rookie. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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