Eddie Goldman was about to hear his name called as the Chicago Bears' second-round pick in a draft held in Chicago.
So this was already a special moment for the hulking Florida State defensive tackle. Legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, announcing the pick for his former team, added a little something to the moment.
In front of his hometown fans, Butkus made sure to inject his opinion – "and I like this," he said – before announcing Goldman.
The Bears selected Goldman with the seventh pick of the second round (No. 39 overall). He joined dynamic West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the Bears' seventh overall pick Thursday.
Goldman, a player many thought could be a first rounder, gives the Bears an ideal nose tackle for their new 3-4 defense being implemented under new coach John Fox. Goldman measured 6-foot-3 7/8 and weighed 336 pounds at the NFL combine in February. He ran a 5.28-second, 40-yard dash and benched 19 reps of 225 pounds at Florida State's pro day.
There isn't much pass-rush capability in Goldman's game, which limits his value and potential to be a third-down tackle. But Goldman is a two-gap run stuffer, the kind Chicago dearly needs.
Not only is he a schematic fit, but he also should upgrade a Bears rush defense that ranked No. 17 in the NFL with 112.7 yards allowed per game last season.
Continue checking PackersNews.com throughout the night for full coverage of the NFL draft's second and third round. The Packers are currently scheduled to make the No. 62 pick in the second round, and the No. 94 pick in the third round.