Originally posted by Ninefan56:
Apparently in many people eyes Gholston is a good player to develop into a 3/4 end. When I saw his highlights I did not see a player with any skills other than he was tall. Now he might be a potential talent but it would take someone like Tomsula or Harbaugh to see it. If I had to pick between Gholston and Hunt I would take hunt because he at least has combine measurables. So for me if possible I would like Short or Richardson, J. Williams or Jones as DE and B. Williams as NT. B. Williams because it appeared that he and Hunt were the strongest players in the draft.
I agree with you completely that Gholston is nowhere near the top of my list in terms of a 3-4 end. Everyone you named I would take before Gholston. I just prefer him much more than other mid-round guys. I see him rated as anywhere from a third round prospect by some to a fifth rounder by others. I'm putting him towards the higher end of that scale and saying I would love to see him come off the board with a late 3rd should we still have one after trades. By no means am I comparing Gholston to Datone Jones or even Jesse Williams who I am not particularly high on. I do actually rate Hunt above him simply because of his measurables and enormous potential. I just like Gholston because generally you hear about guys with "upside" as being completely raw. I haven't gotten my hands on his tape, nor will I, but from everything I have been able to see and have read he is a solid run defender without any major flaws anchoring or getting cut (unlike Hunt at this point). Developing Gholston would require adding some weight to his frame and teaching him better pass rushing skills and leverage techniques (always a must for a guy his size). Those things I feel fairly certain that Tomsula can teach. And if he doesn't ever become a pass rushing menace, I still see him as being a fairly good rotational player who can take snaps on running downs and play special teams. At the end of the third round I'd be willing to take that, considering he has a fairly high ceiling.
For reference I'd list the best 3-4 DE prospects (starting after Richardson, Floyd, and Star) as: Datone Jones, Sylvester Williams, Jesse Williams, Kawann Short, Margus Hunt, William Gholston, and then Kruger and Devin Taylor. I'm sure guys like Bennie Logan and Akiem Spence could play the 5-tech much in the way Short could, but they are far down the board enough I'd rather go with someone more suited for the position. Hankins I see as more of a NT, but I'd take him after Datone and before Sylvester. In fact, I think both Jesse and Sylvester would be as well suited to NT as to DE, but both can play the 5-tech, just maybe not rush the passer as much as I like from that spot. Brandon Williams I'd also rate above Gholston, clearly.
[ Edited by 2Legit2Quit on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM ]