2017 NFL Draft

Bruce Gaston, DT

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chicago, IL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Player News
02/17/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE SNUB: Defensive Tackle - Bruce Gaston, Purdue...After a notable junior season playing next to Kawann Short, Gaston had a ho-hum senior season as he struggled to adjust to Purdue's new 3-4 defensive scheme. He looks the part and has good snap quickness to attack gaps and keep his hips low to anchor at the point of attack. Gaston had a positive week at the East-West Shrine game and is considered draftable. OTHER DT SNUBS: Calvin Barnett (Oklahoma State), Wade Keliikipi (Oregon), Beau Allen) - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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

08/14/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DT Bruce Gaston. With Kawann Short headed to the NFL, Gaston becomes the anchor of the defensive line. Can have the same impact as Short, but will need someone to emerge at the other tackle spot. Has grown into the position and has a chance to dominate in his final season. - The Sports Xchange


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