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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Fred Gibson

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 196 | College: Georgia
 
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Overview

Positives: Has long arms and legs with adequate muscle definition … While his weight room figures are only adequate, he does a decent job of using strength and quickness to defeat the jam … Shows the ability to stick his cuts and work back for the ball … Has very good body control and tracking ability, showing no problems catching the pigskin over his shoulder … Has some short area quickness to make the initial defender miss … Long strider with good quickness off the line of scrimmage, where he can gain and defeat a defensive back's cushion … Better on linear routes, where he can execute his speed cuts to separate and adjust to get into position down field … Has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its high point … Shows the natural hands to extend and pluck the ball away from the body's frame … Displays enough speed to take the shallow crossing route and go the distance.

Negatives: Has had a series of minor injuries that lead to questions about durability … His frame is built more like a sprinter's than a football player … Shows marginal academic intelligence and may struggle in a complicated system … His frame looks too lean to stand tall against press coverage at the next level … Needs to run crisper routes, as he does not always work back for the ball and will run his cuts on long patterns … Lacks courage and size to combat for the ball in traffic … Hears "footsteps" and will lose concentration, resulting in quite a few dropped passes … He is too conscious of the oncoming defender and this affects his play when working in tight quarters … Has elusive running skills, but is not considered a speedy runner, as he gathers to accelerate after the catch … Will not get much yardage after securing the ball, unless he has a free lane in front of him … He is such a marginal blocker that he has been benched in the past due to this issue.

2004 Season

Had a troublesome junior campaign … Was almost not allowed to play, after Fred and eight other George athletes were declared ineligible by the NCAA in May for selling their 2002 SEC championship rings … The players were allowed to rejoin the team after making restitution … He sat out the Louisiana State contest with a right hamstring pull in September and then sat out the Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham contests in October with a bone bruise in his left knee … Still managed to finish third on the team with 36 catches for 553 yards (15.4 average) and three touchdowns while starting eleven games at flanker … Added 31 yards on a pair of kickoff returns (15.5 average).

2003 GAME Analysis

Clemson: Started the season off with four receptions for 104 yards, scoring the team's first touchdown for the season on a 56-yard grab in the first quarter, but would not score again until the post-season action.

Middle Tennessee: Snared five passes for 81 yards and returned a kickoff 14 yards.

Alabama: Gained 32 yards on five catches.

Kentucky: Hauled in six passes for 99 yards.

Georgia Tech: Followed with 96 yards on three receptions.

Louisiana State (SEC Championship): Had three catches for 19 yards.

Purdue (Capital One Bowl): Held to 22 yards on four grabs, but scored on 6- and 4-yard catches in the first quarter.

2003 Season

Rejoined football spring drills at the conclusion of the college basketball season … Ended up starting eight games, ranking second on the team with 43 receptions for 758 yards (17.6 average) and four touchdowns … Added 460 yards and a touchdown on 19 kickoff returns (24.2 average) … Lost six yards on a rushing attempt and fumbled the ball four times, with three being recovered by the opposition.

2002 GAME ANALYSIS

Clemson: Turned the ball over when he was tackled for a 6-yard loss on a reverse, but had three catches for 28 yards and returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

South Carolina: Again lost a ball to the opposition on a fumble … Caught six passes for 116 yards and returned two kickoffs for 72 yards.

Northwestern State (La.): Fumbled twice, turning the ball over once … Still managed to gain 134 yards on eight catches and 6 yards on a kickoff return.

Alabama: Snared four passes for 85 yards and a 42-yard touchdown … Had a pair of kickoff returns for 52 yards.

Vanderbilt: Added a 35-yard scoring grab.

Mississippi: Had four receptions for 97 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown and gained 95 yards on three kickoff returns.

Auburn: Totaled 72 yards on four grabs and 54 yards on three kickoff returns.

Georgia Tech: Snatched three passes for 73 yards and a 49-yard touchdown.

Arkansas (SEC Championship): Gained 93 yards on five receptions and 46 yards on two kickoff returns.

Florida State (Sugar Bowl): Held to two catches for 12 yards and a 7-yard kickoff return.

2002 Season

Freshman All-American second-team selection by The Sporting News … All-SEC Freshman Team pick by the league's coaches, Knoxville New Sentinel, and The Sporting News … Named Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention … Set the school record for 100-yard receiving games in a season with five … Led the team in receiving yards (772) and per-catch average (23.4) and finished second on the team in receptions with 33 … Was sixth in the SEC with 77.2 yards per game … As the Bulldogs' primary kickoff returner, he averaged 26.8 yards per return, which ranked third in the SEC, finishing with 375 yards on 14 attempts … Also carried three times for 27 yards (9.0 average).

2001 GAME ANALYSIS

Arkansas: Returned four kickoffs for 121 yards.

Tennessee: Had two catches for 70 yards and a 15-yard score, adding 62 yards on two kickoff returns.

Vanderbilt: Snared six passes for 106 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, returned a kickoff 19 yards and gained 22 yards on a reverse.

Kentucky: Hauled in nine passes for 201 yards and touchdowns of 68 and 56 yards … His 201 yards broke the school game-record of 198 by Lamar Davis vs. Cincinnati in 1942 … Also had three kickoff returns for 84 yards.

Florida: Had a 14-yard gain on a reverse and caught seven passes for 131 yards.

Auburn: Followed with a pair of receptions for 111 yards, including a 67-yard score.

Georgia Tech: Amassed 135 yards on five catches and 65 yards on three kickoff returns, but lost 9 yards on a reverse.

Houston: Closed out the regular season with a 12-yard touchdown grab.

Boston College (Music City Bowl): Made six catches for 109 yards and returned two kickoffs for 54 yards.

Injury Report

2002: Sat out the Florida and Kentucky games after fracturing his left thumb vs. Vanderbilt (10/19) … Underwent surgery to repair the finger after the season.

2003: Sat out the Louisiana State game (9/20) with a right hamstring pull … Missed the Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham games after he suffered a bone bruise in his left knee.

2004: Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in April, but is not taking any medication.

Track

Speech Communications major … Born 10/26/81 … Resides in Waycross, Georgia.

High School

From Combine: 4.55 in 40-yard dash. … 38 1/2 vertical leap. … 10'6" broad jump. … 4.14 shuttle. … 7.03 cone. … 19 Wonderlic.

Personal

Attended Ware County (Waycross, Ga.) High School, playing football for coach Dan Ragle … Earned Super prep All-Dixie Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, and Class AAAAA All-State honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association … As a senior, he caught 50 passes for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns … As a junior, he was named Region Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Region, first-team All-Area, and Florida Times Union Super 24, catching 63 passes for over 1,200 yards and 13 scores … Also a standout basketball player, playing for the Georgia Stars, an AAU team … Averaged 21 points per game as a high school junior … Invited to play in the 2001 Georgia-Florida all-star game.

 
 

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