The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected William Gholston, defensive end from Michigan State in the fourth round of the NFL Draft to add more depth to the defensive line. Gholston is a massive human being, standing over 6’6″ tall and weighing over 280 pounds, but still able to run a 4.76 40-yard dash.
Gholston tallied 142 career tackles and 10 career sacks in just over 2 seasons worth of games. During his senior season he also defended 10 passes, meaning he uses his height well to bat down passes before they get out to a receiver.
STRENGTHS: At 6-7 and 280-pounds, he has the size, length and physical skills to maul blockers coupled with the athleticism to play in space and beat linemen with quickness.
WEAKNESSES: Plays too stiff and needs to develop a better array of pass rush moves, too often relying on his natural tools and not technique. Lackluster first two seasons was followed by a solid, but not outstanding, junior season, failing to quell some questions about his work ethic and motor.
Coach Greg Schiano is all about work effort and ethic, and so in pre-draft meetings the Buccaneers obviously spoke with Gholston and learned that he would be able to overcome those concerns. Gholston is the cousin of Vernon Gholston, former top draft pick of the New York Jets, who was a massive bust and never recorded a sack. Hopefully Gholston has learned from his cousin’s mistakes, and works hard to add more skills to his incredibly gifted athletic frame.
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I give this pick a B. He has a ton of upside, because his skills lag behind his athletic ability. If he works hard, he can develop into a starting lineman in the NFL and the Buccaneers could have a steal in the middle rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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