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Brandon Gibson (WR)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 206
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Puyallup, WA
High School: Rogers
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Selected by: Philadelphia Eagles
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 21 (194)
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Pick Analysis: Gibson flashed impressive skills in his junior season at Washington State, but his production tapered off somewhat as a senior due to his team's struggles. He's got decent size and will compete to be a backup in Philadelphia.
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Overview

It was a bittersweet senior season for Gibson, who concluded his college career as the school's all-time leader with 2,756 receiving yards and finished second in WSU annals with 182 receptions. He seriously considered leaving school after the 2007 season, but was convinced by the new coaching staff that he would greatly benefit returning to the university in 2008. Even though he led the team with 57 catches, the Cougars suffered through one of the worst seasons in the program, finishing 2-11 for the campaign.


The nephew of former NFL cornerback Vaughn Williams (49ers/Colts), Gibson struggled to grasp the new offensive system earlier in the 2008 season, and also struggled to grasp the football, as he was plagued by a slew of dropped balls in the early portion of the year. He saw his yardage total decrease from 1,180 yards in 2007 to 673 and his touchdown opportunities reduced from nine scores as a junior to two as a senior.


At Rogers High School, Gibson lettered in football and basketball. As a senior, he earned All-SPSL honors after compiling 946 all-purpose yards. He was rated the 17th-best player in the state of Washington by Scout.com and rated 38th nationally as an athlete by Rivals.com. He was named to the Washington Preps all-league first team as a receiver and second team as a defensive back, in addition to earning Tacoma News Tribune "Northwest Nuggets" honorable mention.


During his junior campaign, Gibson earned All-South Puget Sound League honorable mention at wide receiver. He also received league accolades on special teams as a punt and kick returner. That year, he was named second-team All-SPSL in basketball.


Gibson enrolled at Washington State in 2005, appearing in 10 games with five starting assignments as a true freshman. The flanker saw most of his action on special teams, where he returned 10 kickoffs for 186 yards, but also caught nine passes for 172 yards (19.1 avg.) and a pair of scores.


As a sophomore, Gibson took over flanker duties for the final nine games. He teamed with Jason Hill to give the Cougars one of the biggest receiving tandems in the West. He pulled down 49 passes for 731 yards (14.9 avg.) and four touchdowns, second on the team. He also saw brief action on the coverage unit, making a solo tackle while recovering a fumble and returning two kicks for 42 yards.


In 2007, Gibson had a banner campaign, earning All-Pac-10 Conference first-team and All-America third-team recognition. He started 11 games at flanker, sitting out the Oregon clash with a heel bruise. He was hampered early in the season by an August camp knee sprain, but still managed to haul in a career-high 67 passes for 1,180 yards (17.6 avg.), finding the end zone nine times. His 67 grabs placed third on the school season-record list and his 1,180 yards was the most ever by a Cougar, ranking 20th on the conference annual record chart.


With the new spread option offense in place, Gibson struggled at the "Z" (flanker) spot, where he started the first three games before shifting to the slot in 2008. He still led the team with 57 receptions, but only got to the end zone twice while recording 673 yards (11.8 avg.), adding 19 yards on 10 carries to earn All-Pac-10 honorable mention.


High School

Attended Rogers (Puyallup, Wash.) High School, playing football for head coach Gene Bowen...Lettered in football and basketball...As a senior, he earned All-SPSL honors after compiling 946 all-purpose yards...Rated the 17th-best player in the state of Washington by Scout.com and rated 38th nationally as an athlete by Rivals.com...Washington Preps All-League first team as a receiver and second-team pick as a defensive back, in addition to earning Tacoma News Tribune "Northwest Nuggets" honorable mention...During his junior campaign, Gibson earned All-South Puget Sound League honorable mention at wide receiver...Also received league accolades on special teams as a punt and kick returner... Second-team All-SPSL in basketball as a junior.


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Analysis

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. Was not able to work out at Combine or Washington State's first pro day due to a right hamstring injury.


Injury Report

2005: Did not play vs. Oregon (11/12) with a right hip strain.


2007: Was bothered early in the season by a knee sprain suffered in August camp...Sat out the Oregon game (10/13) with a heel bruise.


2009: Suffered a hamstring pull during practices in late January at the Senior Bowl. Did not play in the game and was unable to participate in agility tests at the NFL Combine or at Washington State's pro day.


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