Scouting Report: Vernon Gholston vs. Redskins

Scouting Report: Vernon Gholston vs. Redskins
Vernon Gholston - Jets

Scouting Report: Vernon Gholston vs. Redskins

Vernon Gholston played the 2nd and 3rd quarters against Washington.   He did fairly well but not quite as well as he did in the previous game.

By Bill Smith

First Quarter

            On his first play of the game, he stuffed a run to his side.  He had only two other runs to his side.  On the first one he made a tackle but it was 3 yards down field.  On the other one, he took the wrong angle and missed the runner.  The result was a long run.  That cost him scouting points.

            The Redskins throw a lot of swing passes to their backs.  In 3rd and long situations, Gholston was a down DE.  He rushed the passer and did well.  One pass rush resulted in an errant pass and an interception.  While he covers well in zone he struggles with man to man coverage.

Zone Blitz Coverage

            In zone, he breaks coverage of the first man through turning them over to the deeper zone.  He consistently picked up a second receiver coming into his zone and covered him well.  His experience at OSU in zone blitz coverage helped him with this.  Breaking a zone is not an easy thing to teach a DE in college to do. 

Man Coverage

            In man coverage he struggles.  He did not recognize a back coming to him on a blitz.  The result was a couple of missed steps and an open receiver catch for a first down.  This is far easier to teach a DE than the zone. 

            Overall, Gholston scored 6 net scouting points for a 12 equivalent and a grade of B-.
 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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