Gosder Cherilus (OT)
After starting 37 consecutive games at right tackle, Gosder Cherilus moved to the demanding left tackle position as a senior. It is an understatement to say that he struggled most of the year at that position.
Penalties -- seven total and four vs. Notre Dame -- were his worst enemy. Cherlius allowed 5 1/2 quarterback sacks and four pressures, acceptable totals when the offense throws the ball 659 times in a season.
With his limited change-of-direction agility, along with a solid reputation as a mauler for the ground game, Cherilus would welcome a return to right tackle at the next level. The Haitian is a tireless worker and with patient coaching, he could join the long line of steady Boston College offensive linemen now playing in the NFL. Cherilus closed out his career with 51 consecutive starts for the Eagles, establishing a new school record.
Cherilus was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection as a senior at Somerville High School, where he played tackle on both sides of the ball. He was named to Tom Lemming's All-American team in 2002, the same season that he captured All-State accolades from the Massachusetts State Coaches Association. Cherilus also participated on Somerville's basketball and track teams.
Cherilus spent the 2003 season at Boston College performing with the scout team, as the coaches afforded him an extra year to fully recover from right knee surgery. He was the only redshirt freshman to start on BC's offensive line in 2004, helping the team average 385.4 yards per game in total offense.
As a sophomore, he started all 13 games at right tackle, delivering 53 knockdown blocks. The Eagles went on to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense, averaging 387.75 yards per game.
In 2006, his drive-blocking skills saw the team have at least one 100-yard rusher in seven games. Cherilus made 79 knockdowns, along with 10 touchdown-resulting blocks. With the right tackle leading the way, the Eagles averaged 355.6 yards per game. He also made a key tackle vs. Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
The recipient of the team's Unsung Hero Award in 2007, Cherilus also garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors. With the ground game a liability, the team took to the air, ranking seventh in the nation with an average of 323.9 passing yards per game. Even though he struggled with his timing, the left tackle came up with 77 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks in 14 games.
Attended Somerville (Mass.) High School, playing football for head coach Tony Gulla...Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection as a senior...Played tackle on both sides of the ball...Named to Tom Lemming's All-American team in 2002, the same season that he captured All-State accolades from the Massachusetts State Coaches Association...Also excelled on Somerville's basketball as a power forward and center...Performed in the shot put for the track team.
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Positives: Has a tall, lanky frame with excellent arm length, large, strong hands, a huge wingspan and room on his frame to carry at least another 25 pounds of bulk without having it impact his quickness...Has good muscle mass throughout, showing broad shoulders and a thick chest, along with good thickness in his thighs and calves...Mauler-type who works best with other blockers around him to compensate for poor change-of-direction agility...At his best when asked to collapse the interior defensive line and widen the rush lanes...Works hard to finish and has a strong anchor, showing patience to let defenders come to him...Has the straight-forward burst to get into the second level, doing an adequate job to bend at the knees and torque...Has good pulling speed in the short area and plays with true aggression...Communicates well with his guards and tight ends and shows good alertness on the field...Intelligent athlete who will not have problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field...Regarded by the coaching staff as the team's most important player and takes pride in his leadership role, taking younger blockers under his wing...Tough player who works hard to finish and responds well to hard coaching, especially when challenged, and is motivated to work on the little techniques in his game...Has the ability to gain advantage on a defender lined up over his head, coming off the snap with his long arms extending to lock on and control his man...Pops up quickly after the snap to get into his run blocks with good urgency and shows enough thrust to surprise a lethargic defender...Despite his upper-body strength, he is adequate shooting his hands with force, but he knows how to use his reach and bulk to generate good initial pop...Once he gets into position and gets his hands on the defender, he does a good job of sustaining his block and eliminating his opponent from the play, but needs to shoot those hands with better consistency...Has the lower-body power and long arms to widen the rush lane and when he keeps his pads down, he is much more effective getting movement at the point of attack...Breaks down well as a run blocker, especially on down blocks, using his leg drive to push the defender out of the holes...Has a good anchor in pass protection but lacks the agility to get out and handle edge moves...Possesses rare arm length and will generally win one-on-one battles once he locks on to his opponent with his big mitts, as he uses his hands with authority in tight quarters but will lunge or get his hands outside his frame when having to isolate vs. edge rushers.
Negatives: Needs help in pass protection, as he gets his feet too wide at times and this causes him to struggle to recover vs. quick-twitch defensive linemen...Possesses only adequate initial quickness and questionable change-of-direction agility, as he appears too stiff in his hips to fluidly redirect...Has the raw power to jolt the defender with his hand punch, but is too inconsistent using it, preferring to keep his man at bay with his long reach rather than attack him...Needs to extend through his hips and explode more often coming off the snap...Susceptible to explosive edge rushers, despite his timed speed, as he fails to generate the hip snap needed to mirror...Possesses good pulling speed, but shows only adequate balance and body control when adjusting at the second level...Displays marginal footwork in pass protection, stepping behind himself and giving up ground to defenders too often, as he tends to lunge with his head...Has a strong hand punch, but lacks hand quickness and technique, showing inconsistent placement (defenders can slip off his blocks with good cross-face or counter moves)...Slow to kick-slide and shows only adequate ability in this area...Needs to concentrate better on the field, as he is prone to mental lapses that lead to a slew of costly penalties.
Compares To: CORNELL GREEN-Oakland...Cherilus is a classic mauler who excels on down and drive blocks as a run blocker, but he proved in 2007 that he lacks the lateral agility and kick-slide to handle speed moves on the outside and will be a better fit at right tackle or inside at guard. He is not fluid enough to maintain position and mirror from left tackle. He has incredibly long reach and large hands and hits with good pop, but he is inconsistent shooting those hands and needs to be more active or it will negate one of his better assets. Struggled quite a bit with the snap count as a senior, resulting in a slew of penalties. If judged on what he did at right tackle in 2006, he will be an early-round pick.
2003: Underwent arthrosopic right knee surgery in March to have fluid drained.
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Q & A
- Growing up, who was your favorite NFL player and why?
- Walter Jones, because of his footwork.
- In college, what player hit you the hardest? Who was the recipient of your best hit?
- I can't remember; Phillip Merling.
- What TV-show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?
- Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
- How to save a life - The Fray, Juicy - Notorius B.I.G., Dear Momma - 2Pac, All my life - KC and Joe Joe, I believe I can fly - R. Kelly; I like big Butts - Sir MixAlot
- What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life and why?
- Russell Crowe.
- What is one thing your teammates don't know about you?
- That my odest brother Golman is my hero.
- What reality TV show would you like to be on and why?
- I'm living my own reality show.
- What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
- Leading my team to an ACC Chanpionship; I volunteered this summer with a group of kids.
- When you play Madden, what team do you use? Do you put yourself on the team?
- I'm a Patriot. Need I say more? Yes I imagine myself on the team.
- Who has been the biggest influence on your football career and how?
- Coach Tony Gully.