- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman spoke via telephone with reporters shortly after the Chicago Bears took the former two-year starter at Florida State at No. 39 overall.
Here is a sample of the conference call.
Surprised you lasted into the second round? "I think where I got picked is a great fit for me. I wasn't really looking to go in the first round or second round, I just sat back and let things happen, but the Bears picked me and I think that's a great team, that's a perfect team for me. It's the way I like to play. I'm happy with it."
What was your interaction with the Bears like during the draft process? "They didn't come visit me, I didn't go visit them. Honestly, I visited with so many teams at the combine I can't really tell you if I visited with them or not. I didn't have a lot of contact with them, but I definitely talked to some representatives and some scouts from the Bears. I wasn't in heavy contact with anyone."
On coming to Chicago as part of the 3-4 defense rebuild and playing for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio: "It's a great honor. To enter the league that way with the Bears and their great history I am at a loss for words because not only do I get to be a part of a great organization, I get to be a part of a brotherhood which is the NFL. I'm just ecstatic right now."
Wearing No. 90 in college in honor of Jeremiah Ratliff and now playing with him: "That was great. When I got the call, that was one of the first things I thought about, was actually being in the locker room with him because he was with the Bears now. I don't know if he has No. 90 or not, but it will be great. During the draft process I met with Andre Gurode and he said Jay Ratliff was one of the best guys he ever went up against. I just look forward to learning a lot from him and playing alongside him."
What about Ratliff's game does he try to emulate and who were some of the other guys he watched? "As far as his game, I just like how physical he was and his quickness and his grip, stuff like that. Coming up, guys in my era, I watched -- like I said -- Jay Ratliff, I watched Ndamukong Suh when he was in college, I watched Marvin Austin when he was in college. I watched a lot of guys, a lot of guys. Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. Back in the day, as far as the older guys I watched guys like "Mean" Joe Greene, guys like Lee Roy Selmon, Tony Brackens, just guys like that. I could go on and on about guys I watched back in the day. It's great."
On if he can be a productive pass-rusher despite the reputation of being a run stopper: "Oh, yes sir. Yes sir. All aspects of my game can use improvement. Pass-rush is something scouts knock me for but I think I can pass-rush with the best of them. We just have to wait and see because I'm definitely going to prove everyone wrong."