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Grade
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  • 4.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 281LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

As if his 6-foot-7, 275-pound frame wasn’t enough to grab the attention of NFL scouts, Gholston’s surname immediately raises eyebrows –- he’s the cousin of 2008 New York Jets first-round pick Vernon Gholston. In most cases, sharing a name with a former first-round pick is a bonus. But the fact that Vernon did not get a sack in his short three-year stint with the Jets and could not secure a job during the 2011 season probably won’t help his cousin’s stock.



Gholston had a rough childhood, bouncing from home to home until he eventually was taken in by his high school coach. He became the top prospect out of Michigan in 2010 (he had 27 sacks as a senior at Detroit Southeast), so it was no surprise when got on the field as a true freshman. He had 13 tackles (0.5 sack) in 10 games before tearing his left labrum (shoulder) against Minnesota. Gholston recovered from surgery well enough to start 12 games in 2011, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors with 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks. His five tackles for loss and two sacks helped the Spartans beat Georgia 33-30 in the Outback Bowl. He made his biggest headlines last year, however, for his one-game suspension for punching Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan and twisting quarterback Denard Robinson’s helmet during last fall’s always-chippy rivalry game. Gholston's junior season saw him record 59 tackles (13 for loss), and only 4.5 sacks, but an impressive 10 passes batted down.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part of an NFL starter, with height, length, and a strong overall build. Holds the line and edge well when on his game, uses strong hands and long arms to get leverage. Very agile for his size, can move with tight ends and running backs in the flat, hurdle cut blockers, and stunt with explosiveness. Can be quick in short spaces once he's in motion.

Weaknesses

Struggles to use his hands to disenage. Play seems to stop after making contact too often. Very leggy out of his stance, takes too many steps to get started. Loses his balance trying to turn the corner.

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Gholston towers over many of his opponents, and flashes the agility, and understanding of leverage to be an impactful player. However, he tries to run around opponents far too often instead of disengaging with his hands. Very likely will have to bulk up and play 3-4 defensive end (five-technique) in the pros.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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