Bullish On Will GholstonJune 1st, 2014
From the beginning last year, Joe thought the third-day drafting of Michigan State beast Will Gholston was a nice gamble. He had the perfect size for a defensive end and could play inside when needed.
College football types thought if Gholston fell in the right hands, then he could become a stud. Gholston, who came out as a junior, was thought to be a raw, undisciplined manchild.
Well, last year Gholston impressed Joe and many others the way he worked from the very bubble of the roster to the inactive list to the active roster on gamedays to starting at left end in December.
In a column for the NationalFootballPost.com, former Bears executive Gabe Gabriel believes Gholston is a player both Bucs fans, and moreso Bucs opponents, better watch out for in 2014.
I’ll admit, I’m guessing here, but in Lovie Smith’s defense, Gholston has the physical traits to be a star. Gholston has always looked, but never played, the part. He is tall with long arms, athletic, and has a burst. His play at Michigan State and his first year in Tampa has been up and down. He has flashed but hasn’t put it all together.
Joe Cullen is one of the best defensive line coaches in the business and is the perfect coach to help Gholston reach his potential.
Last year Gholston played in 12 games and finished with 30 total tackles and 2.0 sacks. In Smith’s defense, Gholston should get 7+ sacks and 50+ total tackles. He has the talent to do it. Now it is up to him to get it done.
Not sure where Gabriel gets that Gholston’s season was up and down. He was on a straight line from poor to better. Gholston’s 2013 season was hardly a rollercoaster.
If Gholston makes the same kind of progress this season as he did last season, then Gholston very well may solidify his position at starting left end.