Shows good speed and burst as a runner with the ball in his hands. Does a good job on reverses and end-arounds. Has nice hands and shows decent body control to make the diving catch along the sideline. Effective punt returner that can make the first guy miss and get upfield quickly. Does a nice job on kickoffs with some shiftiness in the open field. Gives effort as a blocker out on the edge.
Undersized and it shows at times when he's running with the ball. Can be tentative about contact. Lacks burner speed as a returner. Doesn't have the ideal straight-line burst and vision as a kickoff returner.
Gilreath is an undersized receiver that projects solely as a slot wideout at the next level. He is a capable returner, but isn't a burner to think he's going to be an elite return threat. Does a better job on punts than he does on kickoffs for that reason. He's not a major factor on Wisconsin's offense.
Gilreath will have to stick on special teams to make an impact in the pros. He's a good enough special teams player to stick there, but he's not a game-breaking returner. He's the type of guy that can get you good field position, but is not the type of guy that is a reliable threat to take it to the house on any given return. Offensively, he's not going to be more than a decent weapon at the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver position. Basically, Gilreath projects as an Eric Weems-type. He's a guy that might be able to give you 10-20 catches a year if he gets extensive playing time due to injury, but for the most part he's going to be an afterthought on offense. On special teams, like Weems he can help you win the field position battle, but isn't super explosive. In the end, unless he can prove himself as a valuable special teams player like Weems, he's going to have difficulty sticking long-term somewhere because teams will definitely be able to find better options on offense, and will be on the lookout for players that are a bit more dynamic and dangerous as a return threat.
Gilreath really doesn't offer much more than Weems at this point. So while he'd be worth a look to see if he could push for a practice squad spot, barring an injury it's doubtful he'd make the roster.
For a team looking for a return threat, Gilreath might make a nice seventh round pick. Otherwise, he is probably better value as an undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 2.5
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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