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E.J. Gaines, CB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Independence, MO
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A three-star DB recruit, Edwin "E.J." Gaines committed to Missouri early in the process and saw the field early, most on special teams as a true freshman.

He became a starting CB in 2011 as a sophomore and set a school record with 18 passes defended and established himself as one of the top playmakers on defense. Gaines started 12 games each of the past two seasons with similar production both years, including a career-high 5 interceptions as a senior, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

He is a very active player with some overachieving traits, doing his best work with the play in front of him, but needs to improve his consistency when asked to turn and play downfield. Gaines is tough, confident and highly competitive in run support, but is more of a hitter than tackler, something he won't be able to get away with in the NFL - has a lot of likeable traits and should come off the board early on day three.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Coordinated athlete and plays very active and alert with good play speed...solid upper body build for his frame with adequate functional strength...fiery limbs to fight through blocks and shed at the POA - also a nice job avoiding and sidestepping blocks...very physical downhill in run support, throwing his body around without hesitation...balanced movements and moves well laterally...good focus, adjustments and ballskills to bait, pluck and make acrobatic plays on the ball...plays confident and fearless with a very outgoing style - ambitious and motivated...very good career resume (37 career starts) with 38 passes defended and 8 interceptions, including a career-best 5 pick-offs as a senior in 2013.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal height and length for the position...high cut and plays too upright, especially in his pedal...opens his hips too early and doesn't play overly fluid with choppy footwork and suspect transitional skills...will take wasted steps and needs to tighten his lower body technique...has some bad habits as a tackler and is more likely to throw his shoulder instead of properly wrapping...will get his eyes stuck in the backfield and needs to improve his field vision - struggles to recover once he lets his eyes wander...needs to show better route anticipation, especially on vertical routes...mostly off-coverage with little experience in press man...some durability concerns, missing two games in 2013 due to a quad muscle injury and the NFL Combine due to a groin strain.

--Dane Brugler

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ST. LOUIS RAMS: Round 6/188 -- E.J. Gaines, CB, 5-10, 190, Missouri...An undersized playmaker, Gaines shut down Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Adams last season, holding him to four catches for 8 yards. He is good against the run, and he plays a physical game with aggressiveness. Gaines is a good zone corner who loves to compete. He believes he possesses the versatility to help at corner, in the slot or even safety. - The Sports Xchange


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