So You've Drafted Chauncey Golston: A New Owner’s Guide

By RossWB on May 1, 2021 at 1:15 am
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Congratulations! You've just made the wonderful decision to draft Chauncey Golston! Like most new Chauncey Golston owners, you're no doubt filled with questions about your new family member. We here at GIA will try our best to answer any questions you might have.

HELLO, DALLAS COWBOYS

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CHAUNCEY GOLSTON ANYWAY?

Golston became a fixture in the Iowa defense over the last few seasons because of his productivity and reliability. After seeing spot duty as a freshman in 2017, Golston became a regular member of Iowa's defensive line rotation in 2018. He became a full-time starter in 2019 and never looked back. Golston was adept as a pass rusher and a run stuffer at Iowa. He's also versatile, able to play on the edge as well as inside. He's a guy that can be moved around on a defensive line and remain effective.

WHAT DID HE DO THAT'S SO GREAT?

Golston's numbers aren't quite eye-popping, but he was a very steady (and productive) presence on Iowa's defensive line for the last three seasons. he went from being a rotation piece a few years ago to a team leader this past season and increased his production each season. In fact, in 2020's abbreviated 8-game schedule, he produced numbers on par with what he did in 2019's full-length 13-game season (see below). Golston has continued to improve with experience and still has room to grow as he continues to fine-tune his pass rush skills. 

STATS

YEAR TACKLES TFL SACKS QB HURRY FORCED FUM FUMBLE REC
2017 2 0 0 0 0 0
2018 35 9 3.5 3 0 3
2019 47 9.5 3.0 7 0 0
2020 45 8.5 5.5 3 1 0

Golston also tallied three interceptions during his time at Iowa; picks aren't necessarily something you're looking for out of a defensive lineman, but they're certainly a nice perk. Golston has shown a nice knack for finding the ball. 

HOW ARE HIS PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES?

FORTY SHUTTLE VERTICAL BROAD JUMP THREE-CONE BENCH PRESS
4.79 4.65 36" 9' 11" 7.52 22

Golston was measured at 6'5" and 269 lbs, with impressive wingspan (84 1/2") and gigantic hands (10 7/8"). Those long arms and massive mitts help him be menace in passing lanes. He doesn't have blazing speed, but he's not slow. He's been dinged at times for his overall strength, as well as his lower-body power. 

HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT ABOUT THE BAD?

Golston's physical attributes aren't overwhelming -- he's not the biggest, or the fastest, or the strongest defensive lineman. (Which is obvious, since he wouldn't have been still available in the third round if he was any of those things.) He may struggle at times to get by bigger, stronger offensive linemen. 

WAS THIS A GOOD PICK? 

Yeah. Golston has the skill set and track record at Iowa to indicate that he can be an effective part of a defensive line rotation, especially on early downs. He'll probably play more on early downs than in pure pass rushing situations, but he can stifle runs along the edges and he can generate pass rush through stunts and twists. As noted previously, he's a guy that can be plugged into multiple roles on the defensive line as well, both outside and inside. He's a rangy athlete who became a good leader and a great teammate at Iowa and he should be a reliable defender at the next level, too.

Good luck in Dallas, Chauncey.

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