Mardy Gilyard Scouting Report

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Mardy Gilyard Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: AAC
School: Cincinnati Bearcats
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #1
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 187 lbs.
Drafted 4.1 in 2010 by STL

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.56
Vertical jump39.0
60-yard shuttle11.59

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati

Back in 2005, Mardy Gilyard was a back-up cornerback, but he did show his speed and elusiveness by returning a few kick-offs. After sitting out the 2006 campaign for academic reasons, Gilyard started at wide receiver for the 2007 opener and he did not disappoint. In that game he caught eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He could not keep those types of numbers up, but the table was set for his breakout season in 2008. During his junior campaign he caught 81 passes for 1,276 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. It is his lack of size that is keeping Gilyard off the national radar as far as the NFL is concerned. He is only 6-1 and a mere 187 pounds, but nobody can stop him anyway. Through seven games in the 2009 campaign, Gilyard has racked up 47 receptions for 674 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also returned a majority of the kick-offs and punts, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Somebody will fall in love with Gilyard's elusiveness and speed. His size will drop him down a bit, but Gilyard is a very productive player who can do a lot for any offense. On a team that will spread out Gilyard and get him the ball with a little space to operate, he will be very good. 1/24 Update: Gilyard finished off his senior campaign catching 87 passes for 1,191 yards and 11 scores. He also ran for another touchdown and reached the end zone three more times on kickoff and punt returns. Gilyard was mostly shut down (at least by his standards) against Florida in the Sugar Bowl, but he has a large resume to look at and his ability to make plays is quite impressive. He may be a little risky as a wide receiver, but he can certainly return kicks right now at the next level and could even go back to playing some corner if necessary. That risk will keep him out of the first round, but all that potential should make him a second day selection, which means second or third round the way the draft is set up this year. 3/29 Update: A 4.61 40-time did not help Gilyard at the NFL Combine. He did improve upon those numbers at Cincinnati's pro day, but he does not have Golden Tate like speed and for somebody who is barely pushing 6-0, speed is necessary. He will get drafted, but the second or third round might be pushing it now; do not be surprised if Gilyard slips down to the fourth round.

Last Updated Mar-29-2010 by Joel Welser

8 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

This guy is hands down the best talent at WR in this draft class, but he'll get looked over because he lacks the size pro scout look for but i have two words for that, DESEAN JACKSON, he's a slightly slower but slightly thicker version of Jackson. A some GM is going to regret passing on him in the first round. He's no question a first round talent but like Jackson he'll slip to the second round. Top 10 talent!

Posted by:
sterling22 11/18/09 10:20 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Same size and ability as Chad Johnson, love is talent

Posted by:
shotgun517 12/31/09 06:32 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

teams will sleep on him
will be a steal for someone
one of my favorite players in college
i see some of the desean jackson comparisons but jacksons skinnier and a lil faster

Posted by:
balldickball75 01/04/10 11:46 AM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Late second round pick. Reminds me a lot of Percy Harvin only taller with better hands. Needs to work on his routes but that should not be a problem when he starts working with NFL coaches. Speed is fantastic, he can make anyone miss in the open field. He is a sleeper because he was off the radar playing for Cincinatti. Could turn into a very solid number 2 receiver.

Posted by:
irishdriver77 01/22/10 02:55 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Sterling22 you alive? Hands down best WR in this class? First off, he's not 192, he might be 180 soaking wet. Second, he doens't have great hands! Third, he never keeps his mouth shut! A cancer if you will. You must go to Cincinatti or something, because that post didn't make any sense. He will be the 4th receiver off the board. Dez Bryant is head and shoulders above all the WR's.

Posted by:
B atch 02/16/10 12:26 AM
Prediction: 2nd Round

He is a sleeper pick...think he can be very good

Posted by:
Flyboy100 03/15/10 01:21 PM
Prediction: 3rd Round

Isn't as good as it would seem, but will definitely contribute in some way in the NFL.

Posted by:
jnols 04/16/10 09:29 PM
Prediction: 2nd Round

B atch have you ever seen him play he has amazing hands and he makes it easy on the quarterback by changing his route when the QB is under pressure why do you think Tony Pike was in the running for heisman during the beginning off the season the only reason he was at the end because he got hurt. when tony pike was pressured all he would have to do is look for the open mardy and his kick returns are amazing. he was the best kick returner in the whole NCAA no doubt as soon as his hands were on the ball he was gone and the kid loves football he plays his heart out he was iving in a car working 3 jobs to pay for tuition so he could play there is no doubt he will be overlooked but once he plays people would be like why didnt we draft him.

Posted by:
thubbz 04/22/10 10:18 PM
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