2015 NFL DRAFT

E.J. Gaines, CB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Independence, MO
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
148214-5
Player News
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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: 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 eight yards. He is good against the run, and plays a physical game with aggressiveness. Good zone corner that loves to compete. Versatile, he believes he can help at corner, in the slot or even safety. - The Sports Xchange

01/13/2014 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 2. CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri (5-10, 195, 4.44, #31)...A good-sized athlete for the position, Gaines does a nice job in coverage and is extremely physical vs. the run. He has good feet and does a nice job staying balanced in his movements to blanket receivers and make aggressive plays on the ball. Gaines is arguably the best defensive prospect in this all-star contest. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri...Gaines led the Tigers with four interceptions and ranked third in tackles with 68, despite missing a pair of games midway through the season with a leg injury. - Missouri football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: CB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri, 5-11, 195, Sr,... Gaines is now a two-time first-team all-conference performer, as he also won 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore in 2011. The last Tiger to lay claim to first-team honors in different leagues was Charles Rash, who was 1st-Team All-Big Seven in 1957 at guard, and who repeated at the same position in 1958 as part of the Big Eight. - Missouri football

12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri...Turned in an amazing lock-down coverage performance against A&M superstar wideout Mike Evans, as he held Evans to season-low totals of 4 receptions for just 8 yards, which was a key in Mizzou's stellar defensive effort...Evans came into the game averaging 119.5 yards per outing, with 12 receiving TDs, and his long catch Saturday in Mizzou's win was just a 10-yarder.

Gaines ended the evening with 6 total tackles, as the Tiger defense held A&M to 21 points and 379 yards of total offense, well below the Aggies' pre-game averages of 45.6 points and 552.6 yards coming in...Gaines ranks 4th in the SEC (31st in the NCAA) with his 4 interceptions to date, and he ranks 3rd on the Tiger team with his 59 tackles on the season, despite missing 2-1/2 games w/injury. - SEC football

08/31/2013 - James Franklin threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns before coming out early in the third quarter, helping Missouri take command after early struggles and whip Murray State 58-14 Saturday night in an opener that began in 98-degree heat.

Henry Josey had 113 yards on 13 carries with a 68-yard score in his first game back from a left knee injury that required two surgeries and sidelined him all last season. Russell Hansbrough had 104 yards on eight attempts with a pair of scores for Missouri, coming off a disappointing 5-7 record in its first SEC season.

Maikhail Miller threw three interceptions, two by E.J. Gaines, against a defense that stiffened after allowing two early touchdowns. Murray State faded quickly against its first SEC opponent since 2005. - AP Sports

08/26/2013 - TOP MISSOURI PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB E.J. Gaines (5-10, 195, 4.44)...Ever since earning First Team All-Big 12 honors as a true sophomore with a school record with 18 passes broken up, the expectations heaped upon Gaines have been significant. Like many of his teammates, Gaines did not enjoy quite the same level of production and hype in Missouri's first year in the SEC but he quietly established himself as one of the league's better young cornerbacks and could be on the verge of a splashy senior campaign. Assigned with covering the opponents' top receiver, Gaines recorded a career-high 74 tackles in 2012, including seven tackles for loss. He also contributed 12 passes broken up, including an interception of Johnny Manziel.

Gaines sports a well-defined build for the position. The combination of his broad-shouldered, long-armed frame and very good overall athleticism makes him a tough draw for any pass-catcher. He alternately lined up in press or off-man on most snaps in 2012, showing the fluid hips to turn and run with receivers, as well as very good lateral agility and balance and speed to burn. He anticipates routes well, under-cutting receivers to remain between them and the quarterback and has quick, active hands. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri,...Named to the Bednarik Award Watch List ahead of his senior season, Gaines returns as a top cornerback in the SEC. His 11 pass breakups in 2012 led the Tigers, while his career-high 74 tackles ranked fourth on the squad. Gaines earned First Team All-Big 12 recognition two seasons ago. - Missouri football

08/26/2013 - TOP MISSOURI PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB E.J. Gaines (5-10, 195, 4.44)...Scouts would like to see him turn more of his 31 career passes broken up into interceptions (three for his career), however. While Gaines' ability to avoid blockers and wrap securely made him a frequent blitz threat off the edge, another area in which he could improve is as a tackler. Gaines is a reliable open-field tackler. He is also, however, a classic grab and drag tackler, only occasionally dropping his shoulder to provide an impactful hit.

Gaines strained the patellar tendon in his left knee during fall camp but is expected to be 100% by the Tigers' season opener August 31 vs. Murray State. Should he be healthy, Gaines possesses the athleticism and experience to rocket up draft boards this fall. Barring a complete collapse, Gaines will be the first senior drafted out of Missouri this year. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): DB - E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)...Gaines finished fourth in tackles as a junior for the Tigers in 2012, accumulating a career-high 74 tackles while leading Mizzou with 11 pass breakups. He has been playing cornerback at a high level for two seasons after earning First Team All-Big 12 recognition at the position as a sophomore in 2011. - Missouri football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri...Gaines finished fourth in tackles as a junior for the Tigers in 2012, accumulating a career-high 74 tackles while leading Mizzou with 11 pass breakups. He has been playing cornerback at a high level for two seasons after earning First Team All-Big 12 recognition at the position as a sophomore in 2011. Gaines finished the 2011 campaign with 69 tackles, two interceptions and a career-best 16 pass breakups. - Missouri football

 
 
Player News
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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