Arizona Cardinals get the pass rush help they are looking for.
After trading down 3 spots with the Baltimore Ravens, the Arizona Cardinals select Markus Golden, Defensive End from Missouri with the 58th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. With Eli Harold and Randy Gregory still available on the board, the selection of Golden was very surprising.
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After backing up Michael Sam in 2013, Golden started 13 games in the 2014 season. The 6’2″ 260 lbs. lineman is a “give it his all” high motor guy, and has a ton of energy that will be a welcomed addition to the Cardinals front line. Golden also has great ball awareness, and huge hands. He also ran an impressive 4.67 40 yard dash at his pro day.
The positives end there. Golden seems to be slow to come off the ball, and needs the play to occur on his side of the field for him to be able to make an impact on the field. Though having big hands, he doesn’t use them nearly as often as he should be, and is also plagued by his short arms.
This pick definitely seems like a reach with many mock drafts predicting he’d go in the 3rd or 4th rounds. Golden may be a project for James Bettcher and the defensive staff, and if he develops, could turn out to be the player the Cardinals think he could be. With the hole left by Dockett, and with better talent still available, the Cardinals should have gone in a different direction.
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