We all know the Vernon Gholston story. He was a very highly touted player coming out of college, protected top-10 pick and one of only two players to record a sack against LT Jake Long in his NCAA career. He solidified his draft stock by being a 'Workout Warrior' at the combine with 37 reps on the bench press as well as impressive figures in the 40, vertical and broad jump.
After being selected 6th overall by the New York Jets he became one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory, failing to ever record a sack in 3 seasons with the team. Now there is no excuse for such a profound lack of production but it does ponder the question: how does such a highly touted prospect coming out of college fail to even achieve a single sack?
Could it be a lack of effort? Certainly it seems odd that a player with obvious athletic ability to should fail to make an impact, yet he did seem to have good intentions as he took a pay-cut to stay with the Jets last season. Was he playing out of position? Gholston moved from a 4-3 DE in college to a 3-4 OLB, now many say that both are pass rushing positions but could the change of defence have had such a profound impact on his play?
I think that is a question that the Panthers Front Office should ask and at least bring Gholston in for a workout if he is available. Perhaps the change of scenery as well as playing at his natural position could benefit him, and just maybe he learned something from his consistent failures with the Jets. So that is my question to you Panther fans, would you take a look at Vernon Gholston.