Todd McShay is well respected among the NFL elite. He is a good analyst, but also has a tremendous network of NFL executives that let him in on their thought process. He recently spoke with the media about several college football players who are well respected and many think are sure shots for the NFL. Here is what he had to say about the Spartans mentioned in the headlines.
On Michigan State’s William Gholston, Le’Veon Bell and Dion Sims:
McSHAY: Gholston has been a little bit disappointing in that I’ve seen a couple times on tape where I don’t think the effort is consistently where you want to see it. He just has so much talent. He’s not an elite speed edge rusher, and he’s never going to be that guy.
But I think if he decides he wants to play, and he wants to commit to being a great NFL player he’s got a chance to make an impact at the next level. He’s big, he moves well. He’s 6’6″ with 278 pounds, with fluid mobility at that size. He’s not explosive. Doesn’t have that quick twitch athleticism. But I think it’s a five technique, a guy that can play in a three‑four defense and stacked at the line and take on blocks. But also at times when asked to get off of blocks and make plays, I think that’s where he fits best. I still have a second round grade on him.
There is potential there for him to become a first round pick, but I think it would take him coming back to school and showing the commitment and doing all of the right things off the field, and being one of the leaders and not just a guy that’s kind of getting by, and you hear his name come up every once in a while when you’re talking about is he doing all the little things off the field.
Le’Veon Bell is obviously he’s carried the load for this team and he runs hard. I love his versatility, and I think that’s where he’s going to be an intriguing player. I hope he gets with a team that is willing to think creatively with him. Flex him out, move him around almost a unique hybrid, if you will. A guy that can be your back or move him in the slot or motion him out and allow him to get involved as a pass catcher.
He has unique traits that there are very few guys that are 6’2″, 250 pounds that run routes, understand the passing game, and catch the ball the way he does. So I’m really going to be interested to see where that value is. He doesn’t have great speed, and you see it. When he goes to accelerate up the field, it’s not fast enough. I don’t know that he’ll be a full‑time, great starting running back in the NFL, but I think he contributes and there is a lot of value there as well.
And Dion Sims we’ve got as the number two tight end. He’s a big guy. He just has a rare blend of physical tools. He’ll continue to get better and better. I could see him somewhere in the second round range. I don’t think he’s put it all together yet, but I think he has a chance to become a really good player at the next level. I’m really impressed with his ability to block and the move, and I think he can continue to improve as a blocker, and certainly as a short to intermediate pass catcher.