Greg Gaines

Washington
DT

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
312 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.37
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Rams
Rams
Round 4 ‧ Pick 32
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40 Yard Dash
5.16u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
30
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Gaines' stout build and hustle have earned him all-conference honors after each season since his redshirt year in 2014. The All-State and All-Orange County selection from La Habra, California started six of 13 games played in 2015, receiving honorable mention notice from Pac-12 coaches (28 tackles, one for loss). He was an honorable mention choice again as a sophomore, making 35 stops, eight for loss, and 3.5 sacks as a 14-game starter that year. Gaines plowed through the line for 30 tackles, five for loss, 2.5 sacks, and three pass breakups in 13 starts as a junior, achieving second-team all-conference status. He was a first-team pick in 2018 as he started 14 contests and racked up career highs in tackles (55), tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (3.5) while also intercepting a pass.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
David Parry
Overview
Stubby, high-motor interior defender whose tape can fluctuate from play to play. Gaines is a short-arm defender with average hand usage but can time up the snap often enough to create early advantages from time to time. He plays with a strong anchor in general, but his proclivity for ending up on the ground will not endear him to defensive line coaches. His effort and strength make him a Day 3 rotational 4-3 nose.
Strengths
  • Has ability to set a strong anchor against single blocks
  • Willing and able to snack on double teams
  • Good motor and effort guy
  • Stands ground and constricts gap when feet are set
  • Impressive ability to slide off of block and into tackle
  • Quick punch and peek technique to find ball early on
  • Shoots out of stance with good pad level
  • Attacks the crease of double teams with force and looks to split it
  • Creates pressures with bull-rush and secondary effort
Weaknesses
  • Will lose his footing and end up on the ground way too often
  • Stubby arms at just over 31 inches
  • Unable to consistently separate from blocks due to lack of length
  • Needs to win in early phase of the rep or he gets overtaken
  • Lacks traits and toolbox as pass rusher
  • Needs to develop a rush counter when bull-rush stalls
  • Battle for hand placement could be a struggle in NFL
  • Unable to punch and slide to maintain his fit against zone
  • Below average change of direction
Sources Tell Us

"He's built like a bouncer but he gives you an honest day's work every time he steps out on the field." - NFC West coast scout

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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