I was not sold on his tape, not at all. Potential is all you can call it with his massive measurables.
However…I knew nothing of his character or personality.
After watching this I have a better idea of how Mark and Greg fell in love with this kid. I’m interested to see what being around Schiano 24/7 will do to this kids desire to play his hardest 110% of the time. The only quote that threw me was that he wanted to quit football as a kid…
Wow. Loved that quote. “Once you learn the game, you can control the game, and once you control the game then you can master the game” Love the commitment to becoming a student of the game…is it really only April? I’m jacked, let’s put these pads on go!
Just a kid! But what a kid! Could be our Julius Peppers or could be another Vernon….his cousin….Vernon Gholston. With that attitude, I’m betting that Schiano can get him closer to Peppers! Wouldn’t that be something!
Knowing the coaches are drooling to coach this young man up. With his desire to learn and become the the best, with his absolute love for the game, with his physicality and athleticism, he could be an absolute gem. Great pick Dom and Greg.
OK, but why should he bust? Pretty obvious that the Bucs think his floor is Bennett’s ceiling.
I’m thinking he’ll be coached up into a valuable player. Peppers? Now that’s being hard on the kid.
last night then were playing the Michigan State vs TCU buffalo wild wing bowl game on the BTN and, as a bucs fan, I decided to take notes on every single play that Gholston was in. below is what I found.
before I start the “Nothing” stat does not mean that Gholston did nothing, it just means that either he was not on the field, the play was not to his side of the field, or it was a quick pass so he couldnt do anything.
out of 48 total defensive plays, Ghoston had:
QB pressures- 11
Bad pass rushes- 6
Batted passes- 1
all in all I liked what I saw out of Gholston. he is good against the run, and above average at getting to the QB. the commentator even said that even though he has bad technique, he is still effective. he needs develop some other methods of getting to the QB because all he has is a bull rush and a “Gaines Adams run around the OT”. I think he is going to be a pretty good player for us.
I hope this gives you guys a better understanding what Gholston brings to the table.
Thanks for taking the time to put that together… but considering he was playing Buffalo, you could’ve been busy grading out Means on the other side of the ball.
Keep in mind though, for everybody, playing well, or even dominating in college isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. You have to consider the competition. Obviously, the competition is far less in college than it is in the NFL.
I would love to see the stats of QB pressures and sacks vs. number of drop backs as well as running plays stopped/interfered with compared to number of running plays ran to his side. Often times when defending a running play, or even rushing the passer, a player is not meant to make a play when the play goes in one direction or the other. Simply being in a certain spot to prevent a breakdown is the right play.
Seems like a good kid. Sounds like he wants to learn. Appears to have an attitude that’s receptive to coaching. Combine that with his physical traits and there’s reason to be very hopeful with this guy.
I watched a 7-8 games on this kid. I don’t get it. The guy has poor instincts, a bad tackler, one move (bull rush) and takes bad angles. There is nothing explosive about him. Sounds like he is a smart and is a good kid. Hope I’m wrong
I think its safe to say Rockstar and NSO grade more emphasis on the personal interview with the prospects. You have to come across as a leader, good character person as well as be able to talk X’s and O’s.
They always say we want Buccaneer Men and taking their kind of guy who the community will be proud of. I think they did an outstanding job drafting and will pick up some hidden gems in the rookie camp.
My nephew played under Coach Brian Kelly, (likely one of the few Engineering students he’s had) he’s well-versed in the college game, he lives in Michigan, AND he’s a Spartans fan, so I texted him about his opinion of Gholston. Here’s his response:
“He has been gifted with the physical tools but does not have heart. He had a better 2012 than 2011, but in general does not play to the limits of his physical abilities. He could have been a first rounder – it’s like he was pouting last year, he let people block him that have no right competing with him.” And this:
“Well let’s hope one of the coaches can get his attention – If I were his coach I would call him out in front of the team – I don’t think he was challenged enough at MSU.”
Just one well-informed take, that’s all.
Let’s hope it all comes together for this kid, because @ 126, he could be a STEAL! Go Bucs!!
The Spartans usually field a pretty good team every year and I like the kid’s attitude as well.
I’m not taking pot shots at any of the Bucs’ picks until I see them take the field and here their coaching critiques. We know what happens to players with potential that aren’t quite ready to play. They sit with Michael Smith. I think all these late round picks can be special teamers, but Spence and Gholston should break into the rotation.
It just seems to me that the Bucs have put an enormous amount of resources into college scouting of these not so well known players. With Wannstead & Davis, Stokes and Hickey, Quarles and Schiano even. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these guys is the next Phillip Merlin or even Peppers as you guys said. Anything is possible and I’m thinking optimistically right now.
I don’t think many of these big name players taken in Round 1 are going to be as great as Mayock and the other talking heads think. Many of the first round players seem to be above average high risk low percentage high reward guys. It will be interesting to see what the team can do with this class and last year’s class with another year under their belts.
I renewed my tickets, so I’m in either way, and so ready to get back to the games.