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2015 NFL Draft results: Markus Golden and his 'relentless' pass rush expected to be drafted early

The young pass rusher excited to

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The Arizona Cardinals were seeking to improve their pass rush in this year's NFL Draft. Their second round pick will hopefully do that. They selected Missouri defensive end Markus Golden with the 58th pick in the draft.

Golden, in his conference call with the media after the announcement he was drafted, told reporters he brings exactly what the Cardinals want.

"I know they liked the way I rushed the passer," he said.

He called his pass rushing style "relentless."

"Whatever I've got to do to get to the quarterback, I'm going to do it," he said. "That's how I rush the passer."

And while some projected him to go much later in the draft, he didn't. He said, "I expected myself to go at least in the first three rounds."

He knew the Cardinals were interested. He met with the team at his Pro Day, where he said "it went pretty well."

Although he was a teammate of the more highly touted Shane Ray, he didn't feel like he went under the radar because of his production. "A guy like me, when you get 11 sacks and 20 TFLs (tackles for a loss), if coaches in the NFL can't see that, I say there's something wrong with it," he said.

According to official stats, he had 10 sacks, not 11, but that wasn't too far off the super production Ray had with 14.5 sacks in 2014.

He will play outside linebacker for the Cardinals, but it won't be much of an adjustment. He "played linebacker my whole life," and was moved to defensive end before going to Missouri. "I'm just getting back to my natural position and that's what I'm happy about, too," he said. "I get to go back to linebacker and don't have to be in the three-point stance. I'm really excited about getting out of that three-point stance."

Is he the guy the Cardinals need? They passed over some other guys many hoped would be the pick -- Randy Gregory, Eli Harold and Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Will he end up being the right pick?