Scouting Gholston- Filmwork
Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:58 AM
Posted on May 21st, 2008 by Bassett
Thanks to the Big Ten Network, I have been able to go back and watch just a few games on the Jets two top draft picks. First up, Nov. 10, 2007 Illinois at Ohio State.
On the first play from scrimmage, Gholston takes on two lineman and gets chipped by a blocking back. He doesnít get to the QB, but itís an impressive start to see the attention to which Illinois is expecting to pay to Gholston during the game. Gholston gets doubled twice on the first possession, which is something when you considerd that heís an end, not a tackle. Later in the game, by brute strength he closed a gap holding the Left Tackle and pulling him together to Left Guard where there had been at least a five foot gap between the two. Gholston didnít make the tackle, but he closed the ballcarrier from using that hole forcing him into a short gain.
In most plays, Gholston lines up with his hand down, but he showed some skills dropping into coverage occasionally. It doesnít happen much, but maybe this gameís plan isnít the best representation of his abilities here.
Gholston does do a good job in applying pressure, but sometimes he just gets locked up by his blocker and thereís nothing he can do. Also, there was a time he was taken out by trash (fallen players) on a sweep and wasnít able to provide the run support needed, and Illinois went for a long run. There are times though where he does things you just donít normally see a DE do, on one play late in the game, although he was tripped up, Gholston basically tried to leapfrog a RT who was down on all fours.
Gholston does a good job wrapping up when he tackles a ballcarrier, but I wouldnít say heís mastered exploding into the ball carrier to knock them back and/or stop their momentum. He seems to have a number of tackles where he drags players down, but to be fair, he is often tackling ballcarriers from behind.
Gholstonís ability to speed rush around a tackle is amazing, he doesnít get to the QB on every play, but he can force QBs to make quicker decisions. On a play shortly after the half, Gholston lined up against the Right Tackle and beats him purely with speed and power to the outside. His speed gets him around the Tackle off the snap, and his power allows him to get inside the tackle and to wrap up Rashard Mendenhall from behind for a loss of a yard.
On a play where the Buckeyes applied good pressure, Gholston lines up on the OLís right side in a 3-4. Gholston speeds past the center, but overpowers the right guard, but itís another blitzer that hits the QB. Ohio State played a number of plays from a 3-4, and Gholston would line up as a DE in those sets. In those sets, Gholston had a tougher job getting free, but thatís a position played by Kenyon Coleman or Shaun Ellis, someone who would outweigh him by 30 pounds. Using him as a pass rusher will better suit his skills.
While lining up outside the Left Tackle in a 3-4 alignment, Gholston tries too hard to get into the backfield by going deep rather than setting the edge. This opens up a huge running lane for Illinois and allows them to convert on a second and long.
Late in the game, with Ohio State down seven coming off just throwing interception, Gholston plays the end lining up opposite the Left Tackle. The LT pulls to the right side on a draw play where the LT is designed to lead block. Gholston doesnít stop, but contains Mendenhall from cutting back, and then chases him down from the backside only allowing Mendenhall to gain 2 yards through the middle of the hole created for the run play.
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