Photo of E.J. Gaines
5.27 ?
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 3/8" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


2013: First-team All-SEC. Finished third on team with 75 tackles. Had team-high 5 INTs. Missed two games with a leg injury. 2012: Started all 12 games. 13 tackles at UCF. 10 tackles, 1 INT at Texas A&M. 2011: First-team All-Big 12. Set school single-season record with 18 passes defensed. INT vs. Oklahoma State. 10 tackles, 4 PBU vs. Texas A&M. 2010: Played all 13 games. Had 8 tackles at Texas Tech. High School: No. 51-ranked CB (Rivals) out of Missouri. Two-time first-team All-State.



Looks the part with good muscularity and thin ankles. Fills aggressively and supports the run. Likes to hit. Plays with confidence and carries a swagger. Good attitude and football demeanor. Competes hard and brings energy to the field. Good eyes and route recognition. Has experience matching up with slot receivers in nickel coverage and has returned punts. Very good career production on the ball. Proven special teams coverage defender.


Is short and short-armed. Plays a lot into the boundary. Shows some tightness in his hips. Average transitional quickness -- lacks ideal burst and acceleration to recover and close ground. Can do a better job disengaging from blocks. Most of interception production stemmed from tips and overthrown balls (not created). Average hands.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Strong, physical zone corner with the toughness, awareness and football IQ to function highly in short spaces. A solid tackler, Gaines plays bigger than his size and takes a professional approach. Can make an immediate impact on special teams and work his way into a lineup.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.