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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Blake Gideon

| | College: Texas
 
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Overview

Gideon was lightly recruited out of high school, choosing Texas over Rice and Vanderbilt. He earned a starting job at safety as a true freshman in 2008, starting all 13 games and recording 56 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, 3 passes broken up and 1 forced fumble, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Gideon started all 14 games in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing with 49 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 3 passes broken up and a team-best 6 interceptions, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He again started every game in 2010 as a junior, recording 63 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 3 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Gideon was a senior captain in 2011 and started all 13 games, finishing with a career-best 66 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 sack, 4 passes broken up, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.

Gideon started every game of his Texas career with consistent production, but didn?t show steady improvement each season ? was an Honorable Mention all four seasons, but never a first or second team all-conference selection. He is a strong downhill defender and big hitter, but is inconsistent as a tackler, taking too many poor angles. Gideon is a stiff, limited athlete who always seems a step late and lacks much range or burst ? projects as a reserve safety and borderline draftable prospect whose best chance at the next level will be as a special teams performer to stay on a roster.

Analysis

Strengths: Has solid size for the position and plays stronger than he will test. Very aggressive against the run and is a hard hitter ? doesn?t shy from contact. Uses his eyes well and is a smart, instinctive player with good feel to know where to be on the field. Has very good pre-snap recognition and reacts quickly to the run ? active and does a nice job working through a crowd to make the hit. Does a nice job reading eyes of the passer and jumping routes with solid ballskills (10 career INTs). A tough, hard worker who loves the game and is consistently playing at full speed. Has very good starting experience, starting every game of his collegiate career (52 starts). Possesses very good intangibles as the son of a coach with outstanding toughness and confidence.

Weaknesses: A stiff, straight-line athlete who lacks explosive range and fluid burst. Doesn?t have the top-end speed to recover after a false step. Struggles in space with limited lateral ability and has trouble making the play when the action isn?t directly in front of him. Struggles to consistently find the ball and is a liability in coverage with inconsistent reads ? too many blown assignments, biting on fakes and playing overaggressive. An undisciplined tackler and misses too many open-field opportunities ? inconsistent angles and poor tackling technique, hitting too high. Didn?t show consistent improvement over his career and failed to take his game to the next level from his freshman to senior years.

NFL Comparison: Chris Maragos, Seattle Seahawks

-- Dane Brugler

2010 Season

Started all 12 games at safety and saw action on special teams … earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches … named a team captain for the season … helped Texas rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg) and pass defense (161.6 ypg) … posted 68 tackles (42 solo), two INTs, four PBU, one sack, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt … his 68 tackles ranked third on the team and his two INTs were tied for first … earned the coaching staff's Hard Hat Award for hardest hit on three occasions … recorded six tackles (two solo) at Rice … tallied eight tackles (six solo) versus Wyoming … garnered the Hard Hat Award for his effort against the Cowboys … registered seven tackles (six solo) and one INT at Texas Tech … recorded three tackles (two solo) and one TFL versus UCLA … logged three tackles (two solo) against No. 8 Oklahoma … notched four tackles (two solo) and one PBU at No. 5/4 Nebraska … recorded five tackles (four solo) and one PBU versus Iowa State … notched five tackles (four solo) and one TFL against No. 25/24 Baylor … registered four tackles (two solo), one sack and one TFL at Kansas State … tallied a career-high 13 tackles (eight solo) against No. 12/11 Oklahoma State … posted two tackles, one INT, one PBU and one blocked punt against Florida Atlantic … his INT against the Owls led to the offense scoring the game's opening TD … recorded eight tackles (four solo), one forced fumble and one PBU against No. 17/18 Texas A&M.

2009 Season

Started 14 games at safety … tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and league's coaches … helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) … UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) … notched 62 tackles (35 solo), two TFL, six INTs, five PBU and a fumble recovery … the six INTs tied for seventh on UT's single-season list … posted four tackles against ULM … registered a team-high eight tackles and a PBU at Wyoming … notched three tackles versus Texas Tech … posted an INT and a PBU versus UTEP … tallied three tackles and an INT against Colorado … posted six tackles against No. 20 Oklahoma … tallied two tackles and an INT at Missouri … notched two tackles, a TFL, a fumble recovery and an INT at Oklahoma State … registered four tackles versus UCF … notched seven tackles at Baylor … registered then career highs with 10 tackles and two PBU versus Kansas … recorded five tackles and a TFL at Texas A&M … posted an INT, two tackles and a PBU in the Big 12 Championship game versus No. 21 Nebraska … notched six tackles and intercepted a pass on a fake punt in the BCS Championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

2008 Season

Started all 13 games at safety as a true freshman … tabbed second-team Freshman All-America by College Football News … named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches … twice tabbed the team's Most Productive Defensive Performer … helped UT rank first in the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) … third on the team in tackles with 64 (41 solo) to go along with seven PBU, eight pressures, a TFL and a forced fumble … recorded two tackles in his collegiate debut versus FAU … compiled seven tackles, a PBU and a pressure at UTEP … tallied four tackles and a pressure in a victory against Rice … posted a tackle and a PBU versus Arkansas … recorded four tackles and a PBU in a victory at Colorado … notched eight tackles and a PBU versus No. 1 Oklahoma … tallied seven tackles and a TFL in a victory against No. 11 Missouri … added seven tackles against No. 6 Oklahoma State … tallied nine tackles, a PBU and a pressure at No. 7 Texas Tech … compiled two tackles and a PBU versus Baylor … totaled four tackles, a pressure, a PBUand a forced fumble at Kansas … recorded four tackles versus Texas A&M … posted five tackles and four pressures against No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

High School

Coached by his father, Steve Gideon, at Leander H.S. … a three-year starter at safety who recorded 300 tackles, 10 INTs, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and 14 TDs in his final three years … also saw action on special teams and at QB … named first-team 5A all-state by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association, district 14-5A MVP and first-team All-Centex as a senior … helped the Leander Lions finish second in the district by posting 142 tackles, eight INTs, 10 PBU, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries … also posted 533 rushing yards and 14 TDs as a situational QB … posted a career-high 15 tackles to go along with an INT, a forced fumble, 99 yards rushing, a TD and a blocked extra point against Pflugerville … earned honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press and first-team all-district honors as a junior … notched 119 tackles, two INTs, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … tabbed honorable mention all-district as a sophomore … posted 39 tackles in six games before sustaining a season-ending injury … a versatile three-sport letterman who played baseball as a freshman and ran on the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays … led the 4x400-meter relay to regionals as a sophomore and junior.

Personal

Born in DeLeon, Texas … his father, Steve, played cornerback at Stephen F. Austin (1977) and was his coach at Leander.

 
Latest News
04/23/2012 - Gideon grew up on football and hopes to continue playing football in the NFL. "I'm going to be a consistent guy," Gideon said. "I think I've treated these past four years like a professional so I already know what that life is about. I can also say that I have dedicated a large portion of my life to football already so I'm not going to have any issues that they need to worry about off the field." During his time at Texas, Gideon posted 276 tackles, 10 interceptions, 20 pass break ups and two sacks. Although Gideon was not invited to the NFL Combine, he felt he did well at Texas' Pro Day. Gideon wishes some of his numbers were better, but he is relieved that Pro Day is over. He said all of the players had been working for two-and-a-half months for just one day. Gideon's future is still up in the air and it is unclear whether or not he will be drafted. Still, leadership is one thing Gideon has going for him. He groomed a young UT secondary as a senior. "He's been in so many big games, it's to the point that he doesn't understand just defense, he understands offense," defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. "That's very hard to get to without a lot of at-bats, and Blake has had a lot of at-bats. So he's a calming presence." Gideon graduated in December with a degree in physical culture and sport. After his playing career is over, Gideon hopes to be a coach. His father was a high school football coach. "I want to coach at the college level when it's all said and done," Gideon said. "It's what I love. It's what I grew up around and what I am comfortable in. I feel like I have something to offer in that profession." Before that, he hopes that a team will call his name on draft day. "Hopefully somebody gives me a chance and I run with it," Gideon said. - Lauren Giudice, UT The Daily Texan

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