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Thaddeus Gibson (DE)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    243 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Ohio St.
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 18 (116)
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Pick Analysis: The Steelers continue their tradition of picking up hybrid rushers in the middle rounds with the selection of Thaddeus Gibson. He gives them another young pass rusher to develop, and brings an athletic presence to special teams.

Overview

Gibson was a productive defender for the Buckeyes over the past two seasons. He has a good combination of size and athleticism, runs well and shows good range in pursuit. He also shows good awareness and instincts to react quickly as plays unfold. He is a solid tackler in a confined area but very inconsistent in the open field. Gibson has good foot agility and quickness and should be able to develop his overall pass-rush package. He lacks great hand use and creativity to counter as a pass rusher but is likely to improve in this area. Gibson needs to gain bulk and strength (especially in his lower body) to make him a more complete defender. He has a chance to be a versatile player who will contribute early on special teams and have a chance to develop into a starter.


Strengths

Gibson has a large frame and an explosive first step. Fast-twitch athlete who has the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline player and the closing burst to get around the edge. Fluid hips allow him to maintain his speed in transition and stick with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Locates the ball quickly and recognizes screens and draws.

Weaknesses

Needs to add bulk, especially in his lower half, to take on bigger blockers at the next level. Does not use his hands well enough to shed blocks and counter in pass-rushing situations. Takes too many false steps, which limits his great speed. Struggles to break down the ball carrier and consistently make tackles in the open field.

Grade

7.0

 
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