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Vernon Gholston Gets 37 Bench Press Reps, 4.64-Second 40-Yard Dash

Feb 25, 2008 – 11:15 AM
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The defensive linemen are having their day at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston is having a combine performance reminiscent of another Vernon, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who turned himself into the sixth pick in the draft by showing great strength and speed in Indianapolis two years ago.

Gholston managed 37 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press tying him with Michigan tackle Jake Long as the strongest player at the Combine, and his unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.64 seconds, very good for a defensive lineman.

Gholston looked like a mid-to-late first-round pick for most of the 2007 college season, but he had a huge game against Long and the rest of Michigan's offensive line to conclude '07, and the combination of that game and this equally huge Combine performance have people talking about him as a really high pick -- maybe even first overall.

UPDATE: Gholston just put up a 35.5-inch vertical jump, which is, again, phenomenal for a defensive lineman.

UPDATE 2: Gholston added a 10-foot-4 broad jump, another outstanding performance.
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