The Jets wanted Darren McFadden, but in the end they are happy with the player they got – DE Vernon Gholston of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Last season in 13 games he had 37 tackles, and had a whopping 14 sacks, a number the Jets would have no problem with in the Pros. He will likely stand up and play LB in Jets defense, and will be called upon often to be a player to make plays. He was one of just two players to have a sack against Chris Long, the number one pick OL that went to the Dolphins. He’s actually a pick that was cheered by the Jets fans…go figure.
Here is a scouting report on Gholston from NFLdraftcountdown.com
A terrific athlete…Good speed and quickness…Has a cut muscular physique…Very strong with good power…Has an outstanding motor…Does a solid job against the run…Has excellent range and is a terror in pursuit…Is able to get pressure off the edge or as a bull rusher…Good tackler…A hard worker with top intangibles…Very productive…Versatile and can play more than one position…Still has some upside.
Needs to be more consistent…Questionable awareness and instincts…Undersized if he were to play defensive end…Does not have a lot of experience dropping into coverage…Has some work to do when it comes to technique…May have to learn a new position at the pro level…At times he gets by on his natural ability…Does not have an elite burst…Some durability issues…A better athlete than football player?
Could be either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL…Broke his left hand in the ’05 season opener and redshirted…Beat Michigan’s Jake Long for the only sack he surrendered as a senior..A workout warrior with rare physical tools but he was also very productive..Can be a Shawn Merriman type of player at the next level with some development..The best pure pass rusher in the ’08 Draft.