That’s Vernon Gholston from Ohio State. He was a college teammate of James Laurinaitis on the Buckeyes and a player I had pegged for the Patriots to take in the first round back in the spring of 2008.
As we all know the Patriots ended up trading down to the #10 pick instead of the #7 they were slotted at and took defensive captain inside linebacker Jerod Mayo. Did I mention that Mayo also won the defensive rookie of the year award? Yup.
But what about Gholston? If I had him slotted at the #7 pick where did he end up?
That would be the #6 overall pick to the New York Jets. They drafted him with the hopes of him being the Willie McGinest type outside linebacker in a 3-4 package. They saw his size, speed, and the fact that he blew by the #1 overall pick in 2008 Jake Long for a couple sacks while in college.
Well, at this point that seems to be where he peaked. The #6 overall pick never lived up to the hype or what many believe, his potential. It makes me wonder if this guy was really that good or if somehow the Pats hyped him up so much as their target that the Jets snagged him just to keep him out of New England.
All that being said the Jets cut him on Monday night making him a free agent. He didn’t really get into Rex Ryan’s system and was moved to defensive end from outside linebacker but really spent most of his career on special teams.
My question now is this; is he really a bust or could he still catch on somewhere else like New England? As much as I’d like the conspiracy theories to be accurate as far as the Pats hyping him up to fool the Jets into taking him, I really think the Pats were interested. Why not take a flier on him at this point. So long as he has a good attitude and wouldn’t cost the team too much on a contract.
Or he’s really a bust and will be pumping $5 a gallon gas at some service station this summer.