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Mardy Gilyard (WR)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    187 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Cincinnati
  • Conference:
    AAC
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Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 1 (99)
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Pick Analysis: The Rams get Sam Bradford a dynamic weapon in the passing game with selection of Mardy Gilyard. Additionally, he gives the Rams an explosive returner in the kicking game, which will be a huge asset to their offense based on his ability to routinely set them up in good field position.

Overview

Gilyard is an excellent college receiver with top athleticism and above average acceleration and average speed and size for the next level. He has been extremely productive in a passing offense but will need work on making his routes more precise as well as on his release off the line. He is extremely dangerous once he has the ball in his hands and can be a threat to take it all the way with his running skills. He can short arm the ball when he hears footsteps and will need to work on his receiving skills when in traffic.


Strengths

Gilyard is a very athletic prospect who was extremely productive in college. Is a terror in the open field with the ball in his hands after catch. Has the quickness and burst to separate from defenders when running short to intermediate routes. Is a high-character guy on the field.

Weaknesses

Gilyard has adequate height but lacks the bulk you like to see in a starting receiver and isn’t a good blocker. Is quicker than fast and top end speed is only adequate – won’t blow by many pro DB’s. Hands are inconsistent. Makes too many body catches.

Grade

7.0

 

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