NFL Draft: Vernon "Could I Be Anymore Overrated" Gholston to the Jets
The 6th pick in the draft, Vernon Gholston, will be a bust! I have many concerns with Gholston being drafted so highly.
Is it just me or did Gholston all of a sudden just pop up on every body's draft board one week? Working for Mike and Mike in the Morning, I see these lists every single day, I can clearly remember when he was mentioned and I thought to myself, WHO? Gholston came out of the woodwork, he came out of nowhere. Why? How?
The biggest achievement that Gholston had at Ohio State was apparently getting A sack against Michigan's Jake Long. This is ONE sack, right? Jake Long is great, but he is considered to be a mauler, not a finesse guy. Just because he gave up one sack against Gholston does not mean that Gholston is now the next chosen one!
Granted Gholston clearly took advantage of a big stage when playing against Michigan and Wisconsin, where was he during the other games? Outside of his 4 best games, he recorded only 3 sacks in 9 games. He played for a team that is televised and covered around the country, yet he was rarely ever talked about.
On the other hand, someone who was consistently talked about every week and played for a significantly less significant program was Virginia's Chris Long. If you ever watched a Virginia game it was clear who the best player on the field was at all times. Chris Long was everywhere, he was making plays or affecting the play every snap, that is what a player at this position is supposed to be doing.
When you watched the Buckeyes last year you never watched to watch Gholston, mainly because you didn't know who he was, and if you did watch to see him, you probably couldn't find him! Think about the best pass rushers at the next level, Strahan, Umenyiora, Kerney, and Jared Allen. These played are all over your screen, you know where they are at all times.
The fact that the main concern with Gholston is that he "disappears" at times, is a huge knock. If Gholston is a impact pass rusher who intends to play in a 3-4 defensive scheme with the Jets he will have to be a factor every single play, like a fellow buckeye, Mike Vrabel. Vernon Gholston keeps the Jets draft woes on track.
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