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C.J. Gaddis

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 203 | College: Clemson
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Gaddis certainly fits that mold of someone willing to sacrifice personal success for the good of the team. Since putting on a Clemson football uniform, he has performed on the 2003 scout team as a quarterback and played both safety positions and returned kickoffs, in addition to serving as a gunner on the special team coverage units as a redshirt freshman in 2004.

The following season, Gaddis started the team's first five games at free safety and then served as a reserve strong safety while playing in the nickel and dime packages in 2005. He also performed again as a gunner on special teams. In 2006, he took over field cornerback duties, starting eight contests there, but also started once at strong safety and started another contest at strong-side outside linebacker.

His versatility extended to the baseball diamond, where the 2003 20th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners played in 19 games with Clemson's 2004 squad. He proved to be a capable outfielder and designated hitter before leaving the team to participate in the football team's spring camp.

An avid performer in the school's off-season training program, he is listed as the second-strongest player on the football team, pound-for-pound, as he recorded a power index of 7.80, sixth-best among skill position players since 1997 and second-best on the 2006 team. He had a team-best 39.5-inch vertical jump in on-campus drills, which ranks seventh-best among Clemson skill position players since 1984. His 10'0" broad jump tied for fifth-best on the team and his 350-pound power clean is best in the Clemson strength training record book (since 1984) among skill position players and third-best on the 2006 team.

Gaddis' 365-pound hang clean is fourth-best on record among Clemson skill position players and ninth-best on the 2006 team. His total pounds lifted of 1,590 pounds is fourth-best among skill position players since 199,7 and his 355-pound bench press that is best among skill position players on the team. He also boasts one of the best total lifts (bench, power, squat, hang clean) on the squad with 1,590 pounds.

Gaddis lettered three times in baseball, two times in football and twice in basketball at Hoke County High School. Rivals.com rated Gaddis the seventh-best prospect in North Carolina and the No.18 quarterback in the nation. He earned Super Prep All-American and All-Southeast honors and was ranked the fifth-best prospect in North Carolina. He also picked up BorderWars.com 101 Team, Prep Star All-Atlantic Region and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-Mid Atlantic accolades.

The senior quarterback passed for 618 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 591 yards and eight scores in 2002. One of the Charlotte Observer's Top-25 prospects in the state, Gaddis was the Conference Offensive and overall MVP his final year, adding All-State honors. He participated in the 2002 Shrine Bowl. The standout outfielder was chosen in the 20th-round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Gaddis enrolled at Clemson in 2003, choosing the Tigers over Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia. He performed on the scout team as a quarterback, and after the season competed on the Tigers' baseball team until spring camp opened.

Despite seeing only 186 plays of action in 11 games as a reserve safety (both positions) in 2004, Gaddis recorded 21 tackles (13 solos) with two stops for losses and two pressures while also batting away one pass. He registered three tackles on special teams, where he blocked a punt for a 5-yard return and totaled 30 yards on three kickoff returns (10.0 avg).

Gaddis started the first five games of the 2005 season at free safety before taking over nickel back duties the rest of the year, in addition to seeing time at strong safety. He participated in 544 plays, making 59 tackles (39 solos), the fifth-best total on the team. He had three stops behind the line of scrimmage with two forced fumbles. He deflected three passes and had three interceptions. On special teams, Gaddis blocked a kick, returned two kickoffs for 27 yards and delivered six tackles.

Gaddis missed the 2006 season opener due to an academic suspension. He started eight games at field cornerback, took over strong safety duties against Louisiana Tech and then started at strong-side linebacker against South Carolina in the regular-season finale. A nagging foot sprain limited his performances early in the season, as he managed only 27 tackles (20 solos). He assisted in a sack, made 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and forced two fumbles. Gaddis added two interceptions and three pass deflections while also posting a pair of solo tackles on special teams.


Positives: Has an athletic build with minimal body fat … Shows very good upper body muscle definition, a V-shaped torso, powerful-looking arms, tight waist and hips, tapered thighs and calves … Has room on his frame to carry more bulk for a possible shift to safety … Quick forward mover with good hand/eye coordination … Shows good aggression in run support and does a good job to square up and tackle … Physical hitter with the leaping ability and natural hands to compete for the ball in the air … More of an athlete than a football player, lacking experience and technique, but is a good head-hunter who will take on blocks with force and shows a good second gear to get back into the play when beaten … When he locates the ball, he is quick to react, but still needs to develop a feel for the flow of the ball … Shows suppleness in his backpedal and turning on the ball, demonstrating quick hip snap in his turns … Has the acceleration to cover ground and has the speed to close vs. plays in front of him … Has a good feel for switch-offs and takes good angles in pursuit, making him a better safety prospect than a cornerback … Takes good pass drops on curls, flats and underneath routes, showing range to play deep in the zone … Shows good urgency chasing down the ball in flight and improved his reach around technique to get his hands in front of the receiver to deflect the pass … Tracks the ball well over his outside shoulder and gets a good jump on the ball … Physical with his hands in attempts to jam and reroute the receiver … Has the long catch-up speed and burst to recover and takes long strides when he needs to cover ground quickly … Can easily elevate and haul down the pass at its high point and will get physical with the receiver on jump ball situations … Has enough valid hands, he could possibly be used as a receiver in an emergency … Likes to get physical in run support, but needs to sift through trash better … When he does locate the ball, he shows the plant-and-drive agility and ability to take good angles to close … Comes up fast to the line of scrimmage with good leverage and uses his hands adequately to shed … Will either take on a blocker or play off his man to make the play … Big hitter who needs to improve his wrap-up technique, but will collide with force and shows good power in his hands to grab and drag down … Outstanding gunner on the coverage unit, where his excellent leaping ability also comes into play blocking kicks … Has the straight-line speed and patience to be an emergency kickoff returner.

Negatives: Has good hip snap when he keeps his pads down, but when he gets too high in his stance, he takes wasted steps coming out of his breaks, letting the receiver slip past … Still learning how to recognize the pass and gets caught out of position when he eyeballs the quarterback in the backfield for too long … Struggles academically, leading to a one-game suspension, and might have problems digesting a complicated playbook … Has never had a chance to settle in at one position, but he does not look natural covering the man on pass routes and with his powerful frame and range, he is more of a safety candidate than a cornerback … Will need time to develop as a football player, as he is slow to read and react to plays, at times … Will also stay in his backpedal too long and needs to show lighter feet in this process (shuffles a bit) … His limited experience in man coverage has him playing too cautious at times … More of a grab-and-drag down type of tackler and needs to take shorter angles in backside pursuit.

Compares To: JERMAINE PHILLIPS-Tampa Bay … Gaddis is stronger and quicker than Phillips, but like Phillips was coming out of college, Gaddis is a fine athlete who has yet to develop football technique. He has played in a variety of roles, but either safety position appears to be where he will have better success at the pro level. Gaddis is a physical run supporter with great range and timed speed, but he needs backpedal technique refinement and must learn to develop better recognition skills. He will eyeball the quarterback too long, letting the receiver get past him, but he has the burst to recover. He hits with a thud and uses that great leaping ability to not only intercept and deflect passes, but his timing is very good, getting the elevation to excel as a kick blocker. Put him at cornerback and he will struggle. Show patience and let him develop at safety, you will have a force who hits like a linebacker.

2006 Season

Has started at cornerback for nine games and at a linebacker position against South Carolina; he will return to cornerback for the Music City Bowl … a big part of Clemson's victories over Wake Forest and #13 Georgia Tech; he had four tackles for loss among his six tackles at Wake Forest, a Clemson single-game record for a defensive back; also had a 21-yard interception return on Wake Forest's final possession that iced the game … had six tackles, all first hits, against Georgia Tech in the Tigers' 31-7 win; had something to do with the secondary holding Calvin Johnson without a reception in that game, the only time in his career that has happened … has 7.5 tackles for loss; he is actually third on the team in tackles for loss … has two interceptions and five total passes defended … Defensive Player-of-the-Game against South Carolina according to the coaching staff; he had three tackles and an interception in that game … has two caused fumbles this year and four in his career … a solid tackler who has 12.5 career tackles for loss and 107 career tackles with still another year to go … one of the top all-around athletes on the team; he has played safety, cornerback, linebacker, returned kicks, and was a quarterback during his red-shirt year of 2003.

2005 Season

Started the first five games at safety, then came off the bench the remainder of the year, much of the time as a nickle back; still played 544 snaps, sixth among defensive players … averaged 62 snaps as a starter in the first five games and 36 plays per game in his seven games off the bench … fifth on Clemson's #11-ranked scoring defense in tackles (59); six of them were on special teams … had streak of three-consecutive, double-figure tackle games early in the season … had 11 tackles at Maryland, 10 tackles against #13 Miami (FL), and 11 stops against #25 Boston College … joined Anthony Waters as the only Tigers with a three-game streak of consecutive, double-figure tackle games … had a streak of three-straight games with an interception snapped in the bowl game … had picks against Duke, #16 Florida State, and #19 South Carolina … first Tiger since Jamaal Fudge in 2004 to have three consecutive games with an interception, one off the school record … the first non-starter to have three consecutive games with an interception in Clemson history.

Had four tackles in 25 snaps, including a tackle for loss, against Colorado … honored by the coaches for his play on special teams in the Temple game; he was named the Subway Sub-of-the-Game by the Clemson radio network for his performance against #16 Florida State; he had a 23-yard interception return and two tackles off the bench … had a career-high 11 tackles against both Maryland and #25 Boston College … played a career-high 79 snaps against #25 Boston College, helping the Tigers hold the Eagles to just 10 points in regulation … had two caused fumbles and three interceptions, so he had his hand in five turnovers … had a caused fumble at Maryland and a caused fumble to go with the blocked punt against Temple … doubled his tackle total over 2004, going from 21 as a freshman to 55 as a sophomore.

2004 Season

The fifth defensive back on the field for much of the season … saw the majority of his playing time at midseason; he played at least 20 snaps in five straight games between September 18 and October 23 … had four tackles and a pass breakup against Utah State; also had a tackle for loss in that game … had his most important contribution in the win at #10 Miami (FL) when he had five tackles in 17 snaps; he was the fifth defensive back in the game much of the time, especially in the second half when Clemson shut out the Hurricanes … had a blocked punt that resulted in a safety at Florida State … also had experience as a return specialist; he had three kickoff returns for 30 yards.

2003 Season


Agility Tests

Campus: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash … 355-pound bench press … 525-pound squat … 365-pound hang clean … 350-pound power clean … 4.33 20-yard shuttle … 7.13 three-cone drill … 39.5-inch vertical jump … 10'8" broad jump.

Combine: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash … 1.59 10-yard dash … 2.63 20-yard dash … 4.3 20-yard shuttle …

11.73 60-yard shuttle … 7.28 three-cone drill … 36.5-inch vertical jump … 10'1" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

High School

Rated the No. 7 prospect in North Carolina and No. 18 quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com … SuperPrep All-American and All-Southeast member … No. 5 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep … BorderWars.com 101 Team member and No. 7 player in North Carolina … PrepStar All-Atlantic Region member … Tom Lemming All-Mid Atlantic team member … Passed for 618 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 591 yards and eight scores … One of Charlotte Observer's Top-25 prospects in the state … 2002 Shrine Bowl participant … Conference offensive and overall MVP as a senior … 2002 all-state pick … 20th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2003 baseball draft … Coached by Greg Bryant.


Born Aug. 12, 1985 … majoring in sociology.


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