NFL Draft Prospect of the Day: Michigan State DE William Gholston

November 5, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive end William Gholston (2) looks over to sideline during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

William Gholston is one of Michigan State’s top NFL Draft prospects, and as I begin to scout the Michigan State football team for the up-coming season, he certainly is the type of guy I’d like to see more of. He is close to 6’7″ and 280 pounds, and is on various pre-season All-American teams.

The problem with Gholston is that he has poor practice habits, and his coaches have not been afraid to speak out on it. Recently, MSU’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi criticized Gholston’s work habits:

“He’s a game-day player,” Narduzzi said. “He has a love for the game and plays with a lot of passion. He’s a super kid. But he’s not a great practice player. … I have told him that the last couple of years and will continue to harp on that. You have to have those work habits of the great players. If he does, his potential is unlimited.”

Last year, Gholston had 16 tackles for loss, and was named to the 2nd team All-Big Ten. If he can get his practice habits in order, he should once again be one of the top players in the country.Gholston has great length allowing him to get separation at the line of scrimmage and read/diagnose plays as they happen. Here are a couple of highlights I found on YouTube from JmpasqDraftjedi for your viewing pleasure.

Topics: 2013 Nfl Draft, Michigan State, William Gholston

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