Gholston impressed as a freshman but it didnít translate to an impact on the field. An injury caused him to take a redshirt in 2005, but he bounced back to have a solid sophomore season. In 2006, Gholston had 49 tackles, 15 for loss, and 7.5 sacks. As a junior, he became one of the most feared ends in the country, finishing with 34 tackles, 14.5 for loss, and 13 sacks on the year.
Gholston has become one of the best ends in the draft. He is an excellent athlete, with very good quickness and the speed to close on plays. Despite his size, he is strong and can hold his ground in the running game. He is a guy that could have a huge post season, but he also brings the production on the field as well.
Gholston lacks ideal size for a defensive end. He is strong, but he may wear down throughout the game and season dealing with NFL tackles on a consistent basis. He may be able to stand up and play outside in a 3-4 defense, but there may be an adjustment period at that spot.
Vernon Gholston rode a big junior season and is primed to be an early selection. He is a player that not only shows his skill on the field, but also in workouts. He wowed scouts at the combine and is a probable top ten pick.