Phillip Gaines Scouting Report

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Phillip Gaines Scouting Report

Position: CB
Conference: ConferenceUSA
School: Rice Owls
Year/Status: Senior
Jersey Number: #15
Height & Weight: 6' - 193 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Third Round
Drafted 3.23 in 2014 by KC

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Phillip Gaines, CB , Rice

Gaines is a tall cornerback with good length and very good speed. Set a school record at Rice for most passes defended in a career with 45.

Very clean and smooth footwork. Plenty of experience in both man and zone coverages. Ran really well at the combine. Willing to scrap when in press man coverage. Elite ability to get his hands on the ball for INTs or pass break-ups. Times his jumps very well and can contort his body to disrupt the reception. Average run support. Tough enough but lack the ability to cleanly wrap up. Needs to add more strength.

Flips hips quickly when in transition. Above-average quickness in short areas. Good feel for receivers when in zone. Could be a little quicker breaking out of his back-pedal.

Gaines projects as a late second to third round option in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Last Updated May-06-2014 by Matt De Lima

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Prediction: 4th Round

It's March 7th, more than a week after the NFL Combine, & you have all the video on this player you're ever going to have, & you haven't even posted ANYTHING on him yet?! Come on, guys!
I like Gaines a lot. From watching his game video, East-West Shrine play, and Combine results, he's one of my favorite CBs in this draft. First time I saw him was the EWS game, where he locked down every receiver he went up against. I didn't know at the time that he led Rice with 4 interceptions, & was 2nd in the nation with 38 PDs. After watching this 6-0, 195 lb. CB run a 4.38- 40, a 37" vertical, a 6.6 3-cone, & a 4.04 short shuttle, I knew he was special. He looked very fluid in field drills, especially for a big DB, keeping low, flipping his hips, with good hands. I would draft him as early as the 3rd rd. & develop him as my shut-down corner of the future.

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cogan 03/07/14 08:55 PM