1. Eddie Goldman, DT
Of every player on this list, Eddie Goldman is probably the most talked about. That being said, when you’re on a defensive line with Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks, you might be forgotten about by some. Add Robert Quinn to the mix and Eddie Goldman has earned, for some, the title of “most underrated player in the NFL.”
At the age of just 26, Goldman has cemented himself as a key part of this defensive unit. His 153 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 17 TFL speak for themselves, but his real contributions to this team often go unnoticed in the middle. Goldman does most of the “dirty work” for this unit. You won’t read about him every Monday morning after the game, but he might be more important than some of the big names on this team.
His run stopping capabilities are unmatched by most professional football teams, and he’s a big part of why Chicago has one of the scariest defensive fronts in recent memory.
Goldman recently opted out of the 2020 season, making the gut of this defensive line extremely vulnerable. It’ll be a challenge and a half to patch this hole and move on with the upcoming season. Akiem Hicks will be lining up next to a new name in 2020 and losing this important piece of the defense should prove costly.