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Drafted By: Rams
Grade
5.05 ?

Draft Analysis:

"(SMU head coach) June Jones grabbed me at East-West Shrine Game. He told me to put in some tape on Gilbert. If a coach is banging the table for his guy, I have to listen. So, I did that. He has some pocket feel and awareness. I like him as a guy you can develop in the long term. I like the arm talent." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 221LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size. Very good timing, touch and short accuracy. Can buy time in the pocket with his feet. Has NFL pedigree -- father played more than a decade in the league. Very strong pro-day showing, completing 87 of 88 passes and throwing well against air.

Weaknesses

Operated a dink-and-dunk passing game featuring a lot of high-percentage, lateral tosses and short crossers that heavily padded his completion percentage. Does not drive the ball on deep outs or possess a high-velocity arm to rip the ball through high winds. Has a low release point that leads to a lot of batted balls. Is not an elusive scrambler and eyes drop under duress.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A highly touted prep recruit who struggled to secure a starting job at Texas after cycling through three offenses in three years. Graduated early and transferred to SMU, where he settled down in a simplified system under the guidance of June Jones. Could fend for a job in a West Coast offense.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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