By: Steve Johnson
Gerald Willis, IDL, Miami
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2014 (at Florida): 5 games. 14 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 FF
2015: Sat out due to NCAA Transfer Rules
2016: 9 games. 19 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups
2017: (Redshirted, decided to take leave of absence from the program)
Accolades: 2013 USA Today First-team All-American, 2014 Under Armour All-American Game,
History: Four-star recruit from New Orleans, he chose Florida over Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. He transferred to Miami after one year at Florida. Has had some red flag issues, he reportedly got into a physical altercation with teammate Skyler Mornhinwig while at Florida, and left the Miami team in 2017. The brother of Giants S Landon Collins.
Strengths: Great size, well built with long arms. Active and strong hand use. Quick feet. His get off is very impressive, a handful for interior linemen off the snap. Uses a well timed swim move. Appears to have long arms that help him stay clean.
Weaknesses: Seems to have below average balance, tends to be on the ground a lot. Misses too many tackles, needs to do a better job wrapping up. Red flags for days. Has had multiple suspensions at multiple universities.
Overview: A highly touted prospect, Willis has not made the impact that was expected of him. He has shown a good combination of quickness and power in his limited film. Willis has long arms and active, powerful hands that makes him an ideal fit as a 3 technique in a 40 front defense. His 2018 film is impressive, but vetting his history will be a huge part of his draft stock.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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