Notre Dame Senior
Has decent hips and quickness, able to turn and run with receivers. Shows decent burst ouf ot his breaks and can change direction. Does a nice job keeping things in front of him and can make the stop after the catch when he does. Will cut the legs of the ballcarrier or receiver in the open field. Is willing in run support. WIll lower the shoulder and deliver hit to the ballcarrier or receiver to break up the pass. Comfortable coming off the edge as a blitzer.
Has poor ball skills and struggles to turn and locate the ball, especially on the deep throw. Gets turned around a bit when working on the fade. Even when he does turn his head to locate the ball, he doesn't do a good job playing it in the air. Blows some assignments when he's working in zone. Gives up too much cushion. Struggles matching up against speed and can get beat on the go route. Not a reliable tackler and will miss some stops after the catch and give up big plays.
The first time I saw Gray was in their early season game against Michigan, and he really struggled in that game, giving up a number of big plays and three touchdowns in that game. In subsequent viewings he was better, but still not great. His main deficiency is that he doesn't have good ball skills. While he has enough size and speed to match up in man coverage, his lack of ball skills prevent him from making enough plays to make up for his mistakes.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/10) at Michigan: 5 targets, 4 rec., 150 yds (37.5 avg), 66 YAC, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 1 penalty (pass interference); 1 missed tackle
(11/26) at Stanford: 1 tgt., 1 rec., 3 yds, 0 YAC, 1 TD, 0 INTs
(12/29) vs. Florida St: 4 tgt., 4 rec., 100 yds (25.0 avg), 13 YAC, 0 TDs, 0 INT; 1 TFL
2011: 13 GP/13 GS, 67 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, 0.0 sacks, 2 INTs, 5 PD, 0 FF, 1 FR
- redshirted in 2007 with a shoulder injury
Gray can compete in an NFL camp, but I'm hard-pressed to see him making an NFL roster. He can compete on special teams, and thus he can make a run at a practice squad position. But his lack of ball skills will make him struggle at the next level. He can run and keep in step with NFL receivers, but he just can't make enough plays. He's just basically a big play waiting to happen. If he can play on special teams, he has some value to NFL teams. But there are just going to be better corners with more upside that can also play special teams, which will probably prevent him from making a roster or sticking long-term even if he does. It's possible that if he gets time to develop on a practice squad, he might improve to a degree where he might be able to add depth as a No. 4 or 5 corner three or so years down the line. But that's all he'll ever be, a backup that can add depth. But the minute he gets extended minutes on regular defense, he'll likely be exposed. More than likely, he'll probably be out of the league by his third or fourth summer.
Gray isn't as good as Darrin Walls, and thus would be hard-pressed to make the Falcons roster. He might be able to push for time on the practice squad, but doesn't really have any upside to do much on the actual roster even if he develops down the road. He's just not a guy that is going to bring anything to the table that players like Franks, Walls, and Owens don't already and therefore as a developmental prospect he is just average at best. More than likely, he'd just be a camp body.
Gray is not worth a draft pick, but some team looking for bodies in camp can bring him in during the summer and perhaps he could surprise if he can find himself a home on special teams.
1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite
Man Coverage: 4.0
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Ball Skills: 3.0
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