Upgrading Will Gholston To “Average”July 8th, 2014
Joe has been a big fan of defensive lineman Will Gholston since former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik drafted him in the fourth round last year. Gholston had all the measurements of a monster defensive end (he also can play tackle). The only question was his motor; his heart.
Well, last year, Gholston showed more than a former second round pick of a defensive end had shown in three seasons.
Gholston went from very much a bubble player to being on the gameday inactive list, to spot action and finally starting in December.
The nerds over at Pro Football Focus have had a sudden epiphany over Gholston, it seems, and have changed his status, types Gordon McGuinness.
Considering his strong end to the season, we opted to up defensive end William Gholston to “Average Starter.” He struggled when he initially saw the field but finished the year strong.
Gholston is in a battle to win a starting spot at left defensive end with Adrian Clayborn. If Clayborn wins the battle, then Joe expects Gholston to get a lot of playing time despite not starting.
Gholston is very versatile. Not only would he likely be in a regular rotation at end, he very likely could be in a rotation at tackle on passing downs. Bucs coach Lovie Smith places a high priority on putting opposing quarterbacks on the ground. Gholston has shown he can do this better than others currently on the roster.