Where Is the Buckeye Version of Vernon Gholston?

Jesse RobichaudContributor IMarch 23, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Vernon Gholston #50 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to sack Tyler Donovan #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Greg Lloyd's eyes roll to the back of his head as spit from his future Hall Of Fame coach Bill Cowher's mouth inadvertently sprays all over his shoulder pads.The words that follow the saliva are simple and recognizable by any one who has ever watched at least two episodes of NFL films, they are: "RUSH THE QUARTERBACK", and this is the same sentiment echoed by Jets fans everywhere in the direction of the 2008 sixth overall draft choice Vernon Gholston.

As A big ten stand out Gholston put up huge numbers game by game facing some outstanding offensive lineman. Case in point Nov 17th against Michigan he recorded three sacks against an O line that featured Jake long among others.

Now after two full seasons and the draft approaching, its evaluation time. First thing to look at are his numbers as a pro. In 29 Games he has 30 tackles and zero sacks. Next is his work ethic, he's not known for dragging ass on the practice field or whining about the Jets system like some.

Has he lost interest as many pro athletes do once there bank accounts fill up? Or was he just not that good to begin with? The latter of the two is not very likely if you do a little hunting around on youtube you can find him treating two time pro bowler and former Outland trophy winner Jake Long like he;s his little brother when they were playing against each other in college.

So most Jets faithful are hoping its option three. A late bloomer that needs an honest chance to show his worth.After all there have been some recent first round picks that took a little time to get going. Mario Williams was declared a huge bust by most after his first season yielded very little in the way of production. We must not forget about Alex Smith who seems to be on the rise in San Francisco. If ever there was someone to point to and say that's why you need to hang in there, Alex is the guy.

So far it looks like Gholston will have his chance for Three reasons. The Jets front office and head coach Rex Ryan haven't given up on him. There isn't a whole lot of interest in him around the league. He's owed 6.4 million next season.

In closing its time to step up Vernon.