6-5/288 San Jose State
Pros: He has an NFL body with long arms and fit build. A good athlete that has nice upfield quickness and can shoot gaps well. Is a penetrator that can make plays in the backfield. Has a decent swim move.
Cons: Is not a factor vs. the run. Lacks size and strength to get leverage at the point of attack. Has a lack motor and doesn't finish plays. Overly relies on his first step to beat blocker and needs to develop more moves.
Overview: Gilbert is intriguing because of his athleticism and frame alone. But I think he's too one-dimensional of a player. Began career as 240-pound end. Became a starting end as a sophomore, and then split time at end and tackle as a junior. Then moved to tackle permanently as a senior. Was very productive as a senior with 22 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Famous for his YouTube video in which he jumps out of a pool flat-footed, displaying his athleticism. Son of former Saints OT Daren Gilbert (1985-88).
NFL Forecast: He fits best in the 3-4 as an end rather than the 4-3 as a tackle. If he could bulk up some more, perhaps getting close to 300-310 range, he might make a capable pass rushing defensive tackle. But more than likely, I'd bulk him up and keep him at DE in the 3-4. I'm not sure he'll ever be a good run stopper, but if he continues to improve and develop as a pass rusher, that's really not going to matter. The type of guy that can consistently get 4-6 sacks from the 3-4 scheme. He'd be miscast in the 4-3 at DE, and would be too similar to Jamaal Anderson. Frankly, he compares very favorably to Anderson, except he might be bit more explosive off the line. But doesn't have Anderson's strength vs. the run.
ATL Forecast: Adding Gilbert would be like adding another Anderson, and just wouldn't make a ton of sense for the team. He would help out in the rotation but is too raw as a run stopper to be expected to contribute much as a starter. Perhaps down the road he might be a decent 3-technique guy, but it's doubtful despite his athleticism that he'd be as consistent and capable as Babineaux is. He'd help on third downs as an interior rusher, but because that he offers little to Atlanta.
Value: For a 3-4 team looking for an end prospect, he could go as high as a late third round pick. But probably is a 4th rounder.
Scouting Reports of defensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft
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