Monday, December 29, 2008
Apparently being ridiculously jacked up and 264 pounds of pure muscle doesn't mean you're going to make an immediate impact in the NFL. The Jets 6th pick in the 2008 draft Vernon Gholston recorded 13 total tackles this entire season, with 5 of them being solo. Not quite the impact you look for from a top ten draft choice.
The Jets in their decision making this past offseason were win now. They opted to bring in the aging Favre. They spent top dollar on free agents Pace, Faneca and Woody. They traded for defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. They were set to win this season. But why then draft a kid that everyone proclaimed had massive talent and physical skills but lacked polish and was going to be a project. The kid didn't pick up football until his sophomore year of high school so his experience isn't quite top notch. Maybe in a couple of years he'll round into a pro bowl but right now he was a complete waste of a pick and the difference between having an impact rookie and 13 tackles just might be the difference between making and not making the playoffs.