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Excellent burst off the line. Can be very heavy-footed at times, though. The short-area quickness displayed is solid, as is his balance, but agility is a weakness for Gaither.
Grading from his games as a member of the San Diego Chargers, Gaither was the best left tackle in the NFL in this category. He struggled in Kansas City in very limited duty, but in San Diego he was single-handedly blocking two players on some plays.
Was quick out of a two-point stance and has the strength to be a wall against power rushers. No one got past Gaither at left tackle, especially when they tried inside power moves.
Is powerful off the line and has the strength to move the pile. San Diego wisely ran behind Gaither often, as his sheer mass and girth cleared holes on the left side of the line.
Moves well laterally and can mirror-and-punch well. Has quick feet, great vision and good balance. Isn't exceptionally quick and can struggle when asked to move outside his box.
Is able to get out in front of the run and lead block. Is quick enough to pull and create holes for the back. Lack of elite agility or speed limit his play.
Is a massive tackle with great lower-body strength and size. Great bubble and can really sit down to stonewall blockers or get his momentum going to drive block. Devastating initial punch.
Gaither will get a little high at times, but when asked to hold the edge on the left side of the line he's dominant. If Gaither can work on getting his base lower, especially on run plays, his score will be a 10.
Great bulk for the position. Is a tall (6'9"), lean player who has the muscle tone and overall strength to be elite.
Had early-season back issues but was not used in Kansas City to his full potential. Once signed by San Diego, Gaither showed how dominant he can be when put to use.
A player forgotten by many when the Baltimore Ravens let him go, Gaither signed in Kansas City and was seldom used. Once released he signed in San Diego and was inserted into the lineup immediately. He rewarded them with All-Pro caliber play as the season ended. Gaither, when healthy, has the talent to be the best left tackle in the NFL.