NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Michigan State DE William Gholston
|04.12.13 at 7:14 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive end
School: Michigan State
Weight: 281 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Big Ten second team (media), 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches), 2012 All-Big Ten second team (media, coaches)
What he brings: Gholston has the height, length, and strong overall build of an NFL starter. He is able to get leverage on players with his strong hands and long arms. For his size, Gholston is very quick and agile. His detractors point to his inconsistency and lack of production for someone with his size, strength and ability, something Gholston acknowledged teams were asking about in pre-draft interviews.
“I respect what they say because some plays it does look like I took plays off,” Gholston said in a recent story on MLive.com. “But, I can say I was playing in the scheme of the defense, and I had to be in that position at that time, and that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be fundamentally sound this season.
“I don’t believe I took any plays off. If you take a play off in football, you can break your neck.”
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3 or later
Notes: Gholston was suspended for a game during his sophomore season for violating the Big Ten sportslike conduct agreement. In the rivalry game vs. Michigan, Gholston punched Wolverines left tackle Taylor Lewan and twisted quarterback Denard Robinson‘s helmet in separate incidents. … Gholston’s cousin, Vernon Gholston, was drafted by the Jets in the first round (sixth overall) in 2008 out of Ohio State but never lived up to his draft status and was released after three seasons.
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