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Jarron Gilbert Combine Star?

Posted on: February 21, 2009 3:31 pm

Despite ranking among the nation's leaders in sacks and tackles for loss, San Jose State defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert is rarely mentioned as a one of the best defensive line prospects.

Considering the explosive leaping ability he shows in the youtube video I've linked to below, he could "jump" up draft boards with an eye-popping performance...

If you haven't seen the video, it is worth viewing. Gilbert said every conversation he'd had with scouts involved at least one question regarding it...

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:45 am

Jarron Gilbert Combine Star?

The season highlights on Gilbert (also on you tube) are worth checking out as well. Here's a link.

He's listed at 6'5" 288 after coming in at 240. Still seems to have excellent lateral quickness and there's a lot of video of Gilbert catching RB's after changing direction. That 10 yard speed is amazing. You don't get to see him anchor much against an OT much due to SJSU's shifting defense but with his size and weight room strength that shouldn't be an issue. 

With the move toward the 3-4 and away from the cover two,  Gilbert and Tyson Jackson should arguably be rated as the top two Defensive Ends on the board. 

The one's most "experts" are looking at seem to be tweeners - possibly OLB's and possibly 4-3 ends. 

Jamal Reynolds er Everette Brown I don't trust. (Hey, I'm a guy that liked Derrick Burgess over Reynolds so what do I know).

Brian Orakpo seems to have more heart than Brown and more of an anchor but less speed. His quickness inside makes him a cover-two 4-3 end. 

Michael Johnson will always have issues vs. the run. 

But Jackson and Gilbert can play end the old fashioned way. Gilbert would be a nice fit for pittsburgh with Aaron Smith getting older. 


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