Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Steelers select...Fred Gibson
WR | (6'4", 196, 4.55) | GEORGIA
Strengths: Has excellent natural tools and had his most consistent season as a senior. Is tall and has the frame to get bigger. Has above average speed for his size. Has a great frame and enough speed to drive defenders off the LOS. Is quick and fluid. Has outstanding separation skills. Does not gear down in and out of his breaks. Drives DB's off the LOS with his size and speed, and then can drop his weight and get in and out of his breaks extremely fast. He has long arms, a terrific wingspan, and flashes the ability to make the spectacular catch. His hands are big and he has shown the ability to pluck on the run and also to make the acrobatic catch when he is focused. He is a threat after the catch and he shows a second gear in the open field. Has huge upside as a kickoff return specialist.
Weaknesses: He is lean and needs to bulk up. Lacks toughness. Does not like contact. Does not have good strength and can get pushed around if bigger cornerbacks get into his body. Was more aggressive as a senior but still will avoid going over the middle on occasion. He will shy away from extending for a catch if he knows he's going to get hit. He will run out of bounds after the catch instead of lowering his shoulder at times. His concentration wavers too much. . Dropped entirely too many "catchable" passes during college career. Does not like to catch in traffic. Needs to protect the ball better. Lacks bulk and strength. Does not work hard enough as a blocker and his technique is below average.
Overall: Gibson caught 33 passes and set a school record for 100-yard receiving games in a season with five as a true freshman in 2001. He has been a starter when healthy since. He had trouble staying on the field as a result of durability problems (thumb, hamstring and knee), from '02-'03. Gibson also was part of a group of nine that was accused by the NCAA but not penalized due to a lack of precedent regarding an accusation that they sold their SEC championship rings. However, Gibson has remained healthy, has stayed out of trouble off the field, and made huge strides in terms of his overall consistency as a senior in '04, as he finished with 45 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. Gibson is loaded with talent. He is tall, fast, athletic and explosive. He has the physical tools of a No. 1 receiver in the NFL and he also has proven to be an explosive kickoff return specialist in the past. However, while he answered some questions about his durability and mental toughness as a senior, he still doesn't have great bulk or strength, and he continues to drop too many "catchable" passes. Gibson has several "red flags" in terms of past durability and fumbling problems, as well as concerns about his toughness. As a result, it wouldn't be shocking if he slipped to the late-second or early-third round range of the upcoming draft.
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