08/14/2013 - TOP PURDUE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. DT Bruce Gaston (6-2, 305, 5.25)...Purdue has produced several interior defensive linemen who wound up in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, most recently Kawann Short who was a second rounder last April. And Gaston looks to be the next Boilermaker defensive tackle to be potentially worthy of a top-100 selection. He has started 32 games the last three seasons, mostly with his helmet lined up over the "A" gap, but this fall will be his first year without Short next to him attracting most of the attention.
Gaston moves well for his size with smooth hips, agile footwork and rangy ability to always be around the ball. He will fight through the whistle on one snap, but then take the next play off, and needs to keep the motor revving for all four quarters. Gaston plays with a nasty attitude and is at his best when he plays with correct pad level to best utilize his strength to shed blocks and make a play on the ballcarrier. He isn't a big-time interior pass rush threat (last sack came in November 2011), but he can be disruptive behind the line of scrimmage with 17 career tackles for loss. Gaston has flashed All-American potential, but scouts would like to see more consistent production and overall impact on defense. Nonetheless, don't be surprised if Gaston becomes one of the top-10 defensive tackles drafted next May with his combination of size, strength and movement skills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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