Vernon Gholston

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This guy is listed at 6-4 258 but will probably have put on some more weight by the time the combine gets here. I think he's the best player in the draft as far as rushing the quarterback is concerned.

If he falls to the 10th pick I dont think there is any way we can pass on him. Yes, I am aware that we have two highly paid defensive ends, but looking at our sack totals you would never guess it

I could care less what the coaches decide to do with him as long as he is on the field, whether it be sliding Grant to DT, switching to the 3-4 defense, or using him as a situational pass rusher.

If we add Gholston, he alone GREATLY improves our defense. He will cause more sacks, interceptions, and incomplete passes which is what our team desperately needs.

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I don't know how feasible it is, but I'm starting to think Grant should start at DT to generate a more consistent pass rush. If we could draft Gholston and keep Smith, Gholston and Grant on the field for a nice percentage of defensive plans, it could help our defense immensely.
 
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That's what I'm thinking. And Gholston is nowhere near undersized, as I have heard some say. He is around the same size or bigger than guys like Simeon Rice, Jevon Kearse, Demarcus Ware, Dwight Freeney, and Terrell Suggs who have all been very successful.


Edit: He is also bigger than Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora so there should be no question that he is a DE in the 4-3
 
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How does this look?

Smith
Corey Williams (FA)
Edit: Grant
Vernon Gholston (1st)
Demorrio Williams (FA)
Curtis Lofton (2nd)
Fujita
Marcus Trufant (FA)
Bullocks/Kaesviharn
Harper
Mckenzie
 
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If he's the best player, they have to take him. You can never have enough pass rushers. But you certainly can have too few.

My only concern would be that he would get #10 pick money along with Grant's contract and the likelyhood of Will Smith getting a huge extension.
 

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The majority of the teams in the top 10 play the 3-4 and personally I think Vernon Gholston would be better as a 4-3 defensive end. The combine is usually the time when scouts and coaches ask players like Gholston if they would be happy with playing in the 3-4 as an OLB.
 
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We cant afford to take him at this point, we have holes in our defense and none of them are at DE. Sure he looks like hes going to be a beast but if we want to win now, get a LB, CB, or DT wayyy before DE.
 

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I think Gholston is the most interesting prospect in the draft. He looks to me like Shawn Merriman did comming out. He is gonna have a monster combine/pro day. I think you may very well be right about him being the best -player in the draft. I just don;t see him falling to 10, I think he can solitify himself as the number 1 pick with a good workout. He has the build to play DE in a 4 - 3, and he has the speed to play LB in a 3 - 4. I am not sure if we could put him at LBer in our 4 - 3 becuase I am not sure how he covers. I just have no clue how he would match up with a WR in the slot, or a RB out of the backfield, a TE etc. If he can cover, he could shed some weight and be able to stand up for us in our 4 - 3.

All that said he is gone before 10, no doubt.
 

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I think he's going to be one of the busts in the draft.
Nothing in his college career seems to suggest this - he's shown growth, been consistent and has very promising skills. He's not a one year wonder or a workout warrior with no game film to back it up (the two most likely bust categories, imo), so I'm curious as to why you'd peg him as being a bust?

I'm not even sure I'd be happy with the Saints drafting him and I've got no vested interest in Ohio St. players, so I'm not trying to pick at you - just curious.
 

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We cant afford to take him at this point, we have holes in our defense and none of them are at DE. Sure he looks like hes going to be a beast but if we want to win now, get a LB, CB, or DT wayyy before DE.
After seeing what a dominent front 4 can do in the superbowl, I think that thinking is out the window.

If he is there you pick him. Part of the Giants success is their rotation of 3 great DE's. They all stay fresh and rush the pass well the entire game. LB's are nice, but there isn't one worth the 10th pick (maybe Rivers) anyway. We can get LB's in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Then sign Corey Williams in FA to play DT.
 

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