Photo of Dan Gay
Grade
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  • 5.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 22.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 86.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 308LBS. Weight

Overview

Few players can make the claim that they played as many positions during their collegiate career as they have letters in their first and last names combined, but Gay could be the exception. A defensive tackle his first two seasons, Gay switched to offensive guard in 2006 and went on to start the next three years alternating between every offensive line position with the exception of center.

A 10-game starter at right guard in 2006, Gay primarily played right tackle as a junior, but also started one game at left guard and five at left tackle due to an injury to top 10 prospect Jason Smith. Gay's versatility was once again put to the test in 2008, when he primarily started at right tackle but was moved as needed.

Gay lacks Smith's athleticism and upside, but on the second day of the draft the two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 pick's versatility and durability is sure to earn him consideration. Had an arm span of 33 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Aggressive. Attacks his opponent. Long arms, which he uses well to pop the defender. Good hand placement. Can latch on and take the defender for a ride when he keeps his feet moving. Strong hands and can drive defenders off the ball. Versatile. Has started games at all four exterior positions along the offensive line. Durable. Leaves with 34 consecutive games started. Negatives: Top-heavy. Bends at the waist too often. Good upper-body strength to latch on, but doesn't keep his feet moving and is forced to lean on the defender. Defenders too easily slip off his blocks or force him to hold. Lacks the speed to consistently get to the second level and is forced to lunge at defenders.
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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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