If he didn't go berserk in the Senior Bowl, we would actually have a viable shot at him. Too bad.... he's going to be a player for sure.
All most of this board has seen of Graham is highlights...all most of this board knows about Gholston is that he sucked his first two years as a pro...that's probably going to create a gap in perceptions. Gholston was a beast at OSU.
not that you pay a defensive end to stop the run but Gholston can stop the run... he did when they started the year 3-1... but NFL OCs will try to run at graham... while he's got success defending it, his height will make him a target... graham could get 10+ sacks and also be a liability against the run.
As for teams wanting to run at graham, the guy had more tackles for losses than any other player in college football to my knowledge
1 - How much Gholston in college did you actually watch?Boom beacuse of his combine measurements,bust because you could see on film that he could not close to the qb the way that an elite pass rushers do ala john Abraham, demarcus Ware, played off balance etc..
2 - You don't break a school like OSU's sack record in less starts than sacks by sucking at football and having good workout numbers.
3 - Gholston was 2nd team All Big Ten (chosen by coaches and media) in '06...his first year as a starter...while posting the most tackles out of OSU's DL (49)...the 2nd most sacks...and 15 TFL...he also recorded an INT.
5 - In his 2nd year as a starter he set the sack record, went All Big 10, went All American, won best Big 10 DL, and was on the watch list for the Bednarik and Hendricks Awards...
6 - Shaun Crable also had a ton of production for Michigan...including TFL. Where's he been?
The idea that Gholston was some f*ckin nobody is a lame one that only showed up once he "busted" and the coach who insisted we grab him and only him left.
I blame Mangina and Sutton in part for ruining Gholston in his first season. Rex was able to salvage Pouha and Eric Smith but Gholston was too far gone and comfortable sitting on a pile of cash. Guy has talent but I doubt he will ever be anything. Oh well.
Let the guy play and figure out where he is....iunno why he can't be anything ever again as if at 24 with 2 seasons under his belt his best days are behind him. I really can't understand the mentality on Gholston...it's not like the team handed him a starting job after he was drafted and he proceeded to play in and not get a sack in every game.
W/e...if we were to cut him don't be shocked to see the Pats, Steelers, Chargers, KC, Arizona, or some other 3-4 team jump on him and let him succeed. Certainly wouldn't shock me.
Last edited by SenorGato; 03-29-2010 at 10:24 PM.
they said Cotch was 'ruined' by Herm and then Mangini 'rescued' his career
the truth is he was a young rookie with alot to learn.. he learned it and he got better. the same can be said of Pouha and Eric Smith
Gholston is 23, if he turns it around this year it will be a normal progression. This is what players do... guys like revis who show up day 1 and dominate as rookies are the exceptions to the rule. Most players take time to develop... to make the jump between college and pros.
"Playing the run" OK is fine if you're an undrafted free agent, but not when you're a top 6 pick.
Terrell Suggs lacked "fluidity in his hips" at one point...so did Shawne Merriman...both found ways to work around that. Brandon Graham isn't exactly fluid...neither is Woodley...
Athleticism is the very, very least of Gholston's problems....