Draft 2019 – Pick #5: Greg Gaines, DT, Washington

Overview
 
Stubby, high-motor interior defender whose tape can fluctuate from play to play. Gaines is a short-arm defender with average hand usage but can time up the snap often enough to create early advantages from time to time. He plays with a strong anchor in general, but his proclivity for ending up on the ground will not endear him to defensive line coaches. His effort and strength make him a Day 3 rotational 4-3 nose.
 

Strengths
  • Has ability to set a strong anchor against single blocks
  • Willing and able to snack on double teams
  • Good motor and effort guy
  • Stands ground and constricts gap when feet are set
  • Impressive ability to slide off of block and into tackle
  • Quick punch and peek technique to find ball early on
  • Shoots out of stance with good pad level
  • Attacks the crease of double teams with force and looks to split it
  • Creates pressures with bull-rush and secondary effort
 
Weaknesses
  • Will lose his footing and end up on the ground way too often
  • Stubby arms at just over 31 inches
  • Unable to consistently separate from blocks due to lack of length
  • Needs to win in early phase of the rep or he gets overtaken
  • Lacks traits and toolbox as pass rusher
  • Needs to develop a rush counter when bull-rush stalls
  • Battle for hand placement could be a struggle in NFL
  • Unable to punch and slide to maintain his fit against zone
  • Below average change of direction
 
Sources Tell Us
"He's built like a bouncer but he gives you an honest day's work every time he steps out on the field." – NFC West coast scout
 
by Lance Zierlein (NFL.COM)

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