COLUMBUS, Ohio For the third-consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last five, an Ohio State Buckeye was taken in the first round of the NFL Draft when Vernon Gholston was selected by the New York Jets as the No. 6 overall pick Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Gholston, a 6-4, 258-pound defensive end, is the 11th Buckeye to be picked in the first round in the last five years and brings the total number of Ohio State first-round picks to 67 second most among NCAA football programs behind Southern California’s 69 (through Saturday’s first round).
A native of Detroit, Mich., Gholston set an Ohio State single-season record with 14 sacks in 2007 and a single-game record with four sacks against Wisconsin. He recorded 37 tackles 15.5 for loss and returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern on his way to second-team All-America honors. He also was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end.
Gholston joins former Buckeyes Nick Mangold and Mike Nugent in the Big Apple. Mangold was selected in the first round by the Jets in 2006 and Nugent in the second round in 2005.
On Sunday, two more Buckeyes were taken in the seventh round. Linebacker Larry Grant went to the San Francisco 49ers and offensive tackle Kirk Barton was chosen by the Chicago Bears.
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