2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Chauncey Golston

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Iowa EDGE Chauncey Golston projects as an early-down defender at the NFL level. Golston’s best flashes come as a playside defensive end who sifts through trash and bullies tight ends and tackles with outside-in leverage to set a firm edge and turn runs back into pursuit. On passing downs, his best penetration comes kicked inside or when he’s asked to stunt and twist to crash into gaps. There’s not a lot of excitement for his ceiling as a pass rusher despite Golston’s prototypical length for the position—which puts a significant glass ceiling over his forecast in the NFL. In all, Golston is a high-motor defender and the perfect early-down rotational player who can help keep your defensive front fresh and winning the point of attack against the run; but I don’t easily foresee a featured role or the development required to become a successful pass rusher in the NFL. 

Ideal Role: Early-down rotational defender.

Scheme Fit: Base 4-3 defensive end.

Written by: Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.