Anatomy of a prospect: San Jose DT Jarron Gilbert
6:12 AM Thu, Mar 12, 2009 | Permalink
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B.J. Raji of Boston College is the top defensive tackle on most NFL draft boards. He fits the NFL prototype at 6-1 1/2, 337 pounds. He's a stop sign for your run defense and applied great inside push in the pass rush at Boston College last season with eight sacks.
But the tackle at whom all of the NFL is taking a harder look in this draft process is Jarron Gilbert of San Jose State. He was an even more productive college player than Raji, leading all NCAA defensive tackles with 9 1/2 sacks and all NCAA players at any position in tackles-for-loss with 22. And his workout at the Indianapolis combine was off the charts for his position.
At 6-5 (the tallest tackle in the draft) and 288 pounds, Gilbert ran a 4.81 40-yard dash. That makes him the fastest tackle in the draft. Raji, by the way, ran a 5.12. Gilbert also has the longest arms of any tackle in the draft at 36 3/4 inches. Long arms keep blockers off your body. Raji has 32-inch arms. Gilbert also is the most athletic tackle in this draft with a vertical jump of 35 1/2 inches. Raji had a vertical jump of 32 inches.
Gilbert has the speed and athleticism to slide outside to end in a 3-4 scheme, which increases his value on draft day. He also has the blood lines to play in the NFL. His father Darren was a second-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1985 who went on to play four seasons in the NFL.