We all know that general managers and coaches think highly of their players most of the time. However, it’s a whole different feeling and meaning when someone who has nothing to do with “organization x” compliments and thinks great things of a player. That’s exactly what accomplished third party talent evaluator Greg Gabriel has done with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston.
Gabriel is a 29-year veteran of the NFL, including 16 years with the Giants and nine yaers as the director of college scouting with the Chicago Bears. He now writes columns for the National Football Post. In one column, he talks about a second year player who he says 2014 will be a breakout year for. The player is aforementioned Gholston.
“I’ll admit, I’m guessing here, but in Lovie Smith’s defense, Gholston has the physical traits to be a star,’’ Gabriel writes. “Gholston has always looked, but never played the part.
“He is tall with long arms, athletic, and has a burst. His play at Michigan State and his first year in Tampa has been up and down. He has flashed but hasn’t put it all together.
“(Bucs defensive line coach) Joe Cullen is one of the best defensive line coaches in the business and is the perfect coach to help Gholston reach his potential.
“Last year Gholston played in 12 games and finished with 30 total tackles and 2.0 sacks. In Smith’s defense, Gholston should get 7+ sacks and 50+ total tackles. He has the talent to do it. Now it is up to him to get it done.’’