Bucs' McCoy compares Gholston to PeppersGreg Auman, Times Staff Writer? ?Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:04pmBucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy saw his team add two new key contributors to the defensive line in end Michael Johnson and tackle Clinton McDonald, but he's also excited about the progress he saw at the end of last season from rookie end William Gholston."Especially in this defense, Will is one of those rare guys, with his size and ability," McCoy said. "He has potential. He can do things he doesn't even realize he can do."Gholston, a fourth-round pick from Michigan State, had just two tackles in the Bucs' first seven games and eight in the first 11 games. But in the final month of the season, he had 22 tackles in his final five games, including 1.5 sacks against the Bills. He moved into the starting lineup for the final two games and is expected to be in the rotation at end while also moonlighting inside at tackle in some situations."I had to tell him last year: 'Hey man, you know if you try this, nobody can stop it.' Then he'd go do it and (say) 'Aw, man, you were right,'" McCoy said. "'I know I was right. I've been trying to tell you this for five weeks.'" McCoy made a flattering comparison for Gholston, saying he reminds him of former Panthers and current Packers defensive end Julius Peppers, who played for Lovie Smith with the Bears from 2010-12 and totaled 30.5 sacks. Peppers is 6-7, 287 pounds, while Gholston is 6-7 and 275, and both have the versatility to rush from outside or hold their own on the interior."I always say he looks like Julius Peppers, in his pads and how he moves when he wants to," McCoy said. "I say 'Man, you could be that guy.' Pep plays inside sometimes, plays outside. When he wants to get to the quarterback he can. He's a physical specimen, and that's Will."Gholston likely enters camp as Tampa Bay's No. 3 end, behind fourth-year pro Adrian Clayborn, who is expected to start at left end opposite Johnson. The Bucs also have former second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers, who has totaled just 20 tackles in the last two seasons, and another rookie from last season in Steven Means, who had five total tackles in limited action last year. Tampa Bay could add a pass-rusher in the draft, with some mock drafts pairing the Bucs with a defensive end as high as the second round.
Peppers is vastly superior, physically, than Gholston is. Peppers was agile as hell, cat-quick and explosive ( a twitch athlete ), and violent, and productive. He held his own as a basketball player. If Willy can be a third of Peppers, I'm a happy dude. He played well V. Buffalo.
This is why i wouldn't draft DE. Not because he's the nect Peppers, but we would have too many DE's on the roster to find out if he can be.
This ^. We've got 3 possible guys to fill the LE spot - Clayborn, Gholston, and Bowers. That's a lot of potential. We don't need to add any more potential. Donald would make some sense, but other than that, we need a WR, G, CB, possibly QB.
Sounds like Bowers hype all over again, lets not crown anyone just yet
I dont understand that comparison. One was talked about as being the #1 overall pick. The other was a 4th round pick that looks like he could be a viable starter with progression. One was hype, the other is hope.
The way I see it Gholston is the LDE right now because Clayborn really doesnt do well on that side. When Clayborn rushes a lot of times he turns his body as if to favor his good arm. That works on the right side but maybe not on the left. It would be difficult to keep contain on that side if he were to do this. It would create a bad angle and put him in a position of weakness. You want your LDE to actually shade his shoulders the opposite of that so he can locate the ball and make a play and keep contain. I just dont see this working. I would keep him on the right side behind MJ.