Derwin Gray

Maryland
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Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
Washington, DC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
320 lbs
34 3/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.32
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 7 ‧ Pick 5
40 Yard Dash
5.26u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
90.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Gray is another Washington, D.C. native that Maryland convinced to stick around the area for college. He spent the 2013 season at Fork Union Military Academy before joining the Terrapins for a redshirt season. Gray played in two games as a reserve in 2015 and then earned starts in three of 13 games at left tackle his sophomore season. Big Ten coaches named him honorable mention all-conference as a 12-game starter at left tackle in 2017, and he was named his own team's top offensive lineman that season. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2018, starting 10 games at left tackle for the Terps.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Donovan Smith
Overview
Teams love big tackles with movement skills, but Gray offers a little more challenge for evaluators. His lack of bend causes deficiencies in sustaining blocks and in landing blocks on the move. However, in pass protection, he makes good usage of his size and his length and he might be able to hang in as a left tackle rather than the assumed push to the right side because of his size. He could go from solid to good as a starter if an offensive line coach can improve his consistency in the run game.
Strengths
  • Massive human with broad chest, long arms and good thickness through thighs
  • His size equals power
  • Takes defenders on a short ride when he centers the block and runs his feet
  • Able to match brute strength with brute strength at the point of attack
  • Battering ram power on down blocks to blow the run lane wide open
  • Surprisingly rapid slide quickness in his pass sets
  • Shows adequate ability to redirect his weight and engage inside counter rushers
  • Pass sets feature flat back, balanced feet and his chin tucked
  • Efficient punch timing and able to make opponents catch his full length
  • Heavy hands force edge rushers into an early regroup when he lands first
  • Uses length and power for recovery to bully rushers beyond the pocket
  • Active in re-setting hands into defender's frame and cinching up the jersey to secure and end the pass rush.
Weaknesses
  • Production as run blocker not as consistent as scouts would like
  • Tightness in hips and knees prevents leveraged initial strikes and allows defenders to slide laterally away sustained contact
  • Can improve post-contact positioning to kick out and seal B-gap in run game
  • Initial lateral movement is sluggish and he could struggle with slants and reach blocks
  • Tall and lumbering in climb to second level
  • Effectiveness wanes when asked to move behind tight quarters
  • Opens outside hip and shoulder too quickly versus wide-9 looks, allowing for easier inside counters
  • Below-average awareness to recognize when he's being "gamed" by twists and zone blitzes

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GRADE
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