Draft Capsule: DE William Gholston

Draft Capsule: DE William Gholston

March 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

William Gholston (DE), Michigan State

6-6 | 281 lbs.

2012 Stats:

59 tackles, 13 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 10 passes deflected, FF, Safety


5th Rd.


Good size and strength to play d-end in the pro game. Has enough athleticism to get off the snap quick and chase running backs and QBs. Stays in position and uses his strength and hands to help gain leverage.


Needs to refine technique in disengaging blocks and develop more pass rush moves. Not the fastest d-end and takes too long off the line of scrimmage, which hurts in pass rush and trying to fill running lanes. Needs to improve balance and technique. Not a high-motor guy and questions exist about his work ethic.

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears are actually pretty stocked on the defensive line, but Julius Peppers is getting older and tackle/end Henry Melton is only on a one-year deal. Shea McClellin's position is the ultimate question mark here. If he primarily lines up at end, the Bears have good depth. If the 2012 first-round pick plays linebacker or a combination of the two, the Bears could use another guy who strictly plays end. The more free agency wears on, the more roster holes Phil Emery and the Bears are able to fill, so they may very well just be looking to add depth in the draft. Gholston wouldn't require a high draft pick, so he could be a target late.