Photo of Mike Gillislee
Grade
70.3 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 208LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Expectations were high for Gillislee when he arrived in Gainesville as a top-10 running back recruit nationally from DeLand, Fla. He didn’t get many carries his true freshman year despite playing in all 13 games (31 for 267 yards, one TD), but did rush for 78 yards on five carries in the team’s win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. Gillislee scored seven times as a sophomore, but still averaged less than five carries a game (58-325) on the year. He had fewer touchdowns in 2011 but still had a less-than-ideal workload (56-328, two TDs).



Apparently not short on confidence, Gillislee stated at 2012 SEC media days that he had goals of reaching 1,500 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns as a senior. Florida’s offense revolved around Tim Tebow in Gillislee’s first season, and then Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps over the last two. As the team’s lead back in his senior season, he didn't hit his goals, but still managed 1,152 yards on 244 carries, and he finished with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid runner capable of carrying the load when given the opportunity. Possesses adequate size and power for the position. Sets up cutbacks, sticks his foot in the ground well to avoid penetrating defenders or go against the flow of the line. Has enough speed to break off a big run if the hole is available to him. Displays some vision in the open field, does not head to the sidelines if more yards can be had. Not a finesse runner, keeps his feet moving through contact. Uses his hand to swipe aside tacklers coming inside-out, maintains balance to continue downfield. Willing to lower pads in short-yardage and lean to get the extra yard. Willing in pass pro, can be effective as a cut-blocker and will make contact with blitzers off the edge. Good hands out of the backfield, adjusts to high passes and is a threat to make the first defender miss with a cut after the catch.

Weaknesses

Not as decisive as you’d like after the handoff, pausing instead of pressing the line.Will waste steps in moving laterally. Inconsistent taking what the defense gives him, will bounce outside where NFL defenders will bring him down for a loss. Will cut a bit early against blitzers in pass pro, needs to stay up and anchor when they expect the low block. Resorts to throwing a shoulder too often in the backfield or leading plays downfield. Holds the ball low and in the wrong hand in the open field, inviting fumbles.

NFL Comparison

Andre Brown

Bottom Line

Seeing as how Gillislee didn't get an extraordinary amount of touches until his senior season, there isn't a lot of mileage on his tires, despite a good amount of overall experience. He has a good build for the position, and is a solid downhill type of runner. While Gillislee doesn't have remarkable agility or balance, he works at hitting the holes he's given, and runs with some speed and power. He will likely be a mid-round pick that works in a committee.
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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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