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Marcus Gilchrist (DB)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    195 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Clemson
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 18 (50)

Pick Analysis: The Chargers add a versatile secondary defender with the selection of Gilchrist. He has the ability to play corner or safety in their scheme and adds tremendous depth to their back end. He should be an immediate contributor as a sub-package defender.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.51 sec
  • Broad Jump119.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.81 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.12 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.19 sec
Buzz

Overview

Gilchrist is an experience, durable defensive back with good intangibles who could potentially become a starter at corner in a zone-based scheme or make a move to free safety. Either way, will provide a defensive coordinator with depth at multiple spots and some scheme-versatility. Has experience as a kick returner. Real productive defensive back against the run but needs to do a better job handing more physical blockers. Can line up in a variety of places in the secondary and is comfortable playing zone but isn't going to lockdown a No. 1 wide receiver or stick with a play-making slot. Mid-round prospect.


Strengths

Gilchrist a great combination of size and speed that the NFL is looking for in a corner. Is an extremely durable, reliable performer who has received praise from his coaches for his work habits and smarts. Reacts quickly to running plays and will mix it up. Does a good job making up ground in zone coverage.

Weaknesses

Does not turn poorly thrown balls into interceptions. Angular, high-cut frame and battles some hip stiffness coming out of his pedal. Displays difficultly mirroring quicker receivers and slots in man coverage. Can be out-muscled by bigger blockers when coming up in run support.

Grade

6.2

 

Video Playlist

  1. Chargers take Marcus Gilchrist No. 50

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 07:43 p.m.

    Former Chargers RB Natrone Means announces Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist as the Chargers' selection with the 50th overall pick.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Marcus Gilchrist

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 08:40 p.m.

    Watch Clemson DB Marcus Gilchrist work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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