2017 NFL Draft

James Gayle, DE

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hampton, VA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 259 lbs.
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04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Denver Broncos' draft radar: DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech: The combination of Miller and Ware should be formidable but the Broncos are still expected to address the position in the draft given the loss of veterans Robert Ayers (Giants), Jeremy Mincey (Cowboys) and Shaun Phillips (Titans) via free agency. The Broncos could see Gayle as another intriguing developmental pass rusher to bring along with 2013 fifth rounder Quanterus Smith. Gayle started his last three seasons with the Hokies and while not as productive as his athleticism indicates, he could impress in a part-time role on a defensive line this talented. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DE-James Gayle, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)...Has been selected Third Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Virginia Tech football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (42)...Has been selected Honorable Mention All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Virginia Tech football

09/26/2013 - Scouting the Virginia Tech run defense: The Hokies allowed 133 rushing yards against Marshall, but 45 of those came on two plays. Still, Tech had touble early in the game with the Thundering Herd's zone-read plays before eventually getting the hang of things and shutting the opposition down. Tech ranks 15th in the country in rush defense, and the Hokies have allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season. This group will be put to the test this week, however, with Georgia Tech's vaunted triple-option attack. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: James Gayle, Virginia Tech, Sr., DE, 6-4, 269, Hampton, Va.,...Gayle had a heavy hand in limiting the high-powered East Carolina offense, recording three tackles (2.5 of which were for loss and two of which were sacks) and two quarterback hurries as the Hokies beat the Pirates 15-10. Gayle's final sack was a big one as he stripped ECU quarterback Shane Carden to force a safety and essentially ice the game. - ACC football

09/14/2013 - Logan Thomas threw two touchdown passes and Virginia Tech turned in a dominating defensive performance to beat East Carolina 15-10 on Saturday. Thomas' second TD toss, a 3-yard score to D.J. Coles with 4:09 left in the third quarter, put the Hokies (2-1) ahead to stay. The Pirates (2-1) had their own chance for a go-ahead drive, getting the ball back at their own 10 with 2:04 left. But the Hokies sacked Carden on first down, then James Gayle stripped Carden from behind in the end zone for a safety that essentially sealed the win.

Virginia Tech had seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three interceptions. The Hokies also held the Pirates to a meager 3-for-11 third-down conversion rate. Virginia Tech needed every bit of that production, too. Its offense had to grind out tough yards all day, while Cody Journell missed two field goals and an extra point. - AP Sports

08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DE James Gayle (6-4, 268, 4.58)...One of the top pass rushers in the ACC, Gayle is entering his third season as the Hokies' starting defensive end and was recently named the team MVP for his performance during spring drills. Despite coming off a somewhat disappointing junior season in 2012, he has combined for 12 sacks the past two seasons and is the leader of one of the Nation's top defensive fronts. Gayle has very good speed off the edge to accelerate in a flash with the quickness and arm moves to get around blockers. He is a fluid athlete when dropping in space with excellent footwork to change directions quickly and keep blockers off-balance.

Gayle is relentless and works hard to get to the pocket, but his lack of ideal size and length tends to show up too often as he can be easily engulfed by blockers, which could push him to linebacker in a 3-4 alignment at the next level. Worthy of a mention in Bruce Feldman's annual "Freak List" article, Gayle should test well at the NFL Combine after clocking a reported 39-inch vertical, 4.6 40-yard dash and 400-pound bench press this past spring. He needs to continue to develop and improve his production, but could end up being the best pass rusher out of Virginia Tech since Hall of Famer Bruce Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in 1985. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/15/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech...Second-team All-ACC selection at defensive end in 2012... Earned Coaches All-ACC Second-Team honors ... Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts ... Played 601 plays, including 557 at defensive end and 44 on special teams ... Tallied 43 tackles on the season, including 11.0 for loss and 5.0 sacks ... Also had 27 quarterback hurries. - Virginia Tech football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 18. James Gayle, Va. Tech, DE: One of the ACC's best defensive ends, the 269-pound Gayle has vertical jumped 39.5 inches to go with a 400-pound bench press and a 4.6 second clocking in the 40 this past spring. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com


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