Draft Profile: RB/WR Antonio Gibson, Memphis

By: Steve Johnson

Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis

6’0 3/8 228 lbs

31 1/8″ arms. 8 5/8″ hands. 75 4/8″ wingspan

Senior

D.O.B.

4.39 40 35″ Vert. 118″ Broad Jump. 16 Bench Reps.

DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine

Stats/Accolades/History:

2016: (East Central Community College)

2017: (East Central Community College)

2018: 14 games. 6 rec, 99 yards, 2 TDs

2019: 14 games. 38 rec, 735 yards, 8 TDs; 33 att, 369 yards, 4 TDs

Misc. Stats: 24 KR for 645 yards, 1 TD in career

Accolades: 2019 American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year; 2019 Second-team All-AAC (as WR)

Injuries:

History: From Stockbridge, GA. Totaled 3,132 all purpose yards as a Junior and Senior at Eagle’s Landing High School. Also played basketball and ran track in High School. Placed 3rd in the 100m at the GHSA Class AAAA state championships. Attended East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss for two seasons before enrolling at Memphis. Totalled 1,674 all purpose yards in his 2 years in JUCO. Was a 3-star JUCO recruit.

Strengths: Good size, thick muscular build. Great athlete (track and basketball star in HS), ran a 4.39 and 35″ vert. Great initial burst. Dangerous in space. Built like a back, and runs like one. Really good ball carrier vision. Really tough runner with great contact balance. Good ball security. Solid blocker, was used as a lead blocker at times his Senior year at Memphis. Adds upside on special teams, not just as a returner.

Weaknesses: Very raw, 77 career offensive touches. Inexperienced route runner, has some hip tightness and doesn’t look totally comfortable yet. Very limited route tree. Didn’t see press coverage, not experienced at the release point. Not destined to play on the outside as a receiver full time. Small hands.

Overview: Gibson is an interesting prospect, because I wouldn’t be surprised if some teams have him as a RB on their board. From his High School days, to JUCO, to Memphis, Gibson has been used all over the field, and never really had a defined position. Regardless of where he lines up, I think it’ll take some time to get him going. I like his upside as a potential one cut runner in a zone blocking scheme. Worst case scenario, he’s a slot guy you mix in 5-7 touches a game (jet sweeps, screens, etc) and let him shine on special teams. The upside will be worth the gamble late two for somebody.

Evaluation based on games. SMU 19′, PSU 19′ CIN (AAC Title Game) 19′,

Draft Projection: Late Day 2/Early Day 3

Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.50

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