Mike Gillislee: 5 Things to Know About the Florida RB

Jon Heath@http://twitter.com/JonHeathNFLContributor IApril 27, 2013

Mike Gillislee: 5 Things to Know About the Florida RB

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    He's no Eddie Lacy, but Mike Gillislee is a running back you will want to be familiar with on draft day.

    Projected as a mid-round prospect, Gillislee earned first-team All-SEC in 2012 after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, putting him into the national spotlight.

    A rotational running back who earned the starting gig in Florida during his senior season, Gillislee could end up being one of the sleepers in the 2013 NFL draft class. 

Gillislee's Background

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    Full Name: Mike Gillislee

    Birthday: November 1, 1990 (age 22)

    Hometown: Born in DeLand, Florida

    High School:  DeLand High School

    Major: Unknown

    Year: Senior

    Gillislee has lived and played football in Florida his whole life.  Landing with one of the three Florida teams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins) would probably be well-accepted by his camp.

Gillislee's Stats

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    2009: 31 rushes, 267 yards (8.6 average), 1 TD

    2010: 58 rushes, 325 yards (5.6 average), 7 TDs

    2011: 56 rushes, 328 yards (5.9 average), 2 TDs

    2012: 244 rushes, 1,152 yards (4.7 average), 10 TDs

    After being one of the top high school recruits in 2009, it would have been easy for Gillislee to be frustrated with his role in Florida in his early years.  

    From his freshman to junior seasons, Gillislee was behind Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps on the Gators depth chart.  But in 2012, Gellislee was named the starter as a senior and responded with a breakout year.

    Gillislee has not yet reached his peak and has little wear and tear compared to some of the other RBs in the draft, which makes him an intriguing prospect. 

Gillislee's Draft Process

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 208 pounds

    Arm Length: 31 1/8"

    Hand Size: 9 3/8"

    Combine Results:

    40-yard Dash: 4.55 seconds

    Bench Press: 15 reps (225 pounds)

    20-yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds

    Pro Day results 

    40-yard Dash: Gillislee was "unable to significantly better" his time at his pro day.

    All combine results are provided courtesy of NFL.com.

Interesting Facts on Gillislee

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    Gillislee became the first Gator to rush for over 1,000 yards since Ciatrick Fason in 2004, when he gained 1,152 yards in 2012.  In games that Gillislee scored, the Gators went 15-1.

    Not given considerable playing time until his senior year, Gillislee started out his college career slowly.  But after an impressive senior year, he may be drafted earlier than most draftniks are projecting.

    During his four years at Florida, Gillislee rushed for 2,024 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Gillislee's Draft Stock

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    ESPN.com's Todd McShay has Gillislee going off the board as high as the third round in his mock draft (per the Orlando Sentinel).  Most others have him going in the fourth or fifth round.

    "You can find all the (negative) things you want about him," McShay said. "But when you find a back with the lateral quickness that he has, with the determination that he has, the competitiveness with which he runs … I just like him."

    If a team falls in love with Gillislee, he may be off the board sooner than expected.  He is a sleeper to watch on draft day.