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  • 6'0" Height
  • 210LBS. Weight

Overview

Gibson's production took a downturn as a senior, mostly because of constant double-teams and poor quarterback/offensive line play. He went from being the Pac-10's leading receiver in 2007 (67 receptions for 1,180 yards and nine touchdowns) to making only 57 catches for 673 yards and two scores this past season.

Gibson still has NFL size, speed and hands, and his experience as a feature receiver in multiple offenses makes him one of the more NFL-ready senior receivers. He also boasts NFL bloodlines, as his uncle, Vaughn Williams, was a defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. Had an arm span of 32 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Legitimate NFL size. Good height and has the frame to handle NFL punishment. Has the quickness, bulk and strength to fight through the jam at the line of scrimmage. At least adequate straight-line speed to challenge defenders deep. Can track the ball over either shoulder. Can sink his hips, stick his foot in the ground and explode out his breaks, creating separation against even the best of cornerbacks. Soft hands and can snatch the ball out of the air. Good body control to contort his body and make the tough catch in traffic. Courageous over the middle. Effective red-zone target. Cognizant downfield blocker. Showed good toughness last year fighting through knee and heal injuries. Three-year kick returner. Negatives: Possesses good, not great deep speed. Demonstrates good overall athleticism, but doesn't consistently produce yards after the catch. Struggled with drops during Senior Bowl practices. Marginal elusiveness in the open field. Experienced kick returner, but not necessarily a candidate to do so at the next level. Plagued by a knee and heal injuries in 2007.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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