Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DE/OLB has a Private workout with the Raiders

One of the top draft prospects, Vernon Gholston from Ohio State University had a private workout with the Raiders on April 13th on the schools campus. The Raiders have shown interest in the former Buckeye and is potential to be an impact player. It has been said that he is sculpted like Adonis and looks like he is chiseled out of granite. He shows explosive power off the edge when he puts his hand in the dirt and turns it loose. Very good athlete. Very Strong and plays with leverage. He has excellent straight-line speed and can easily turn the corner. Can power through the double-team, changes direction, redirects and is adept in coverage. Has shown the ability to dominate (See Michigan & Wisconsin games). Good sack production. Gholston is smart, hardworking and loaded with upside. A power pass rusher who could fit as a prototype rush linebacker in the pros. May be at his best when responsibilities get simple and he is unleashed to attack the quarterback. Is not as physical or as nasty as Chargers OLB Shawne Merrimen but shows natural explosion coming off the edge and has proven he can be a game-changer. Does not know how good he can be and may have more upside than any player in the draft.

No comments: