These are the 2 pass rushers that are mentioned the most here as possibilities for the Pats, so lets look at the numbers.
The combine numbers are found here. Groves is listed as an OLB, Gholston as a DE.
Size, Speed, Strength, Agility.
6'3, 259 lbs. 4.53 40y dash. 2.62 20y split. 1.57 10y split. 30 reps. 4.42 shuttle. 7.31 cones.
6'3, 266 lbs. 4.65 40y dash. 2.65 20y split. 1.53 10y split. 37 reps. 4.40 shuttle. 7.12 cones.
Groves has had 26 career sacks and played for Auburn.
Gholston has 22.5 career sacks and played for Ohio State.
What we have here are 2 elite athletes. Groves has better straight line speed in the 40, but Gholston beats out Groves in the 10y by a hair. Gholston has a little more bulk to him, and more strength. Gholston also got through his agility drills a hair quicker. Overall I would give the athleticism edge to Gholston. But Groves is no slouch himself.
So the question is, given the very slight difference between Gholston and Groves, do you still draft Gholston at #7, or do you trade down to take Groves and pick up an extra draft pick?