Photo of Markus Golden
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 2
  • Pick 26
  • Overall 58

Combine Results

5.42 ?
  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is one of the hardest-working men in college football. He doesn't get as much pub as his teammate Shane Ray, but when you put the tape in he sticks out. Every time he's on the football field, it's 100 percent." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 260LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands


2014: Second-team All-SEC. Started 13 games. 2013: Played in all 14 games as the primary backup to Michael Sam. 2012: Played in all 12 games. Served primarily on special teams. 2011 (at Hutchinson Community College): Redshirted. 2010 (at Hutchinson CC): Second-team KJCCC All-Conference. Started all 12 games at linebacker.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.74 and 4.76 seconds
Vertical jump: 28 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.57 seconds
3-cone: 7.38 seconds
Bench: 17 reps of 225 pounds



Plays with toughness and is a fighter. Turns effort switch on and it stays on. Can set and hold the edge against the run. Stays alive in pursuit and has extended motor down the field. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Shows good awareness and locates the ball quickly. Has strength in his hands. Heavy tackler.


Plodding, straight-line player. Lacks average get-off after the snap. Limited tackle range -- has to have the play near him. Doesn't use hands to shed and win often enough. Mostly a bull-rusher. Effort pass rusher who doesn't have a pet pass-rush move. Stiff and must gear down to change direction. Lacks closing burst to finish off his pass rushes. Doesn't seriously threaten outside shoulder of right tackle very often.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"He plays hard and he's very tough, but where is the productivity? Usually with big effort guys we have to sift through big production numbers and figure out how much of it is translatable. With Golden, there just isn't as much production as you expect. I had a higher grade on him last year." -- AFC national scout

Bottom Line

Golden is a square-number pass rusher, meaning there isn't much twist, turn and torque to his game. He comes off the ball with a purpose, but scouts don't see the explosive traits they want from a pass rusher. Golden is primarily an effort and pursuit player with special-teams potential, but he doesn't fill up a stat sheet.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.