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Garrett Gilkey: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Chadron St. Tackle

Dilan AmesCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2017

Garrett Gilkey: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Chadron St. Tackle

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    Garrett Gilkey is one of the better sleepers in this year’s draft. He has ideal size for a lineman. 

    He went to a small school in Chadron St. and was a rather physical, dominant prospect. 

    The biggest question surrounding Gilkey is whether or not he can translate that to the big stage. He has an aggressive nature that you like to see in an offensive lineman. 

    He’s best as a run-blocker but isn’t terrible in pass protection. 

    Gilkey’s biggest issue is that he lacks fluidity when coming out of his stance. He sometimes gets overrun by quicker pass-rushers and loses physicality at the point of attack as a result. 

    While there are some negatives about Gilkey, there are certainly plenty of positives. 

Background

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    Full Name: Garrett Gilkey 

    Hometown: Sandwich, Illinois

    High School: Aurora Christian

    Year: 2013

    Gilkey was one of the thousands of kids each year who get bullied in school, and it certainly gave him a chance to build tremendous character growing up. ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill took an in-depth look into his youth all the way to his path to the draft. 

    Gilkey went from being the butt of many jokes to knocking 300-pound linemen on theirs. 

    He was a straight-A student throughout high school and also did track, baseball and wrestling. 

Statistics

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    2012: 12 starts. 175.8 rushing yards per game, 17 rushing touchdowns. 235.7 passing yards per game, 32 passing touchdowns.

    2011: 11 starts. 170.1 rushing yards per game, 12 rushing touchdowns. 232.6 passing yards per game, 21 passing touchdowns. 

    2010: 11 starts. 200.5 rushing yards per game, 19 rushing touchdowns. 206.8 passing yards per game, 18 passing touchdowns.

    2009: 11 starts. 148.6 rushing yards per game, 16 rushing touchdowns. 203.1 passing yards per game, 18 passing touchdowns.

    2008: Redshirt

    Gilkey’s dominance on the offensive front was a big part of CSC’s offensive success. His nastiness and aggression in the rushing game was a big reason why the Eagles did well on the ground. He also did well in pass protection, although their passing game certainly didn’t flourish. Gilkey was a bully on the offensive front, and was definitely a difference maker in the trenches. 

Draft Process

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    Combine Results 

    40-yard dash: 5.33 seconds

    Broad jump: 9’

    Vertical jump: 30”

    Although he is probably going to play guard in the NFL, his experience at the left tackle position could help his stock with teams. 

    His versatility will do him well at the next level given the amount of injuries offensive linemen suffer. His size and power gives him the ability to overpower most defenders. 

    He has excellent upper-body strength that allows him to lock onto defenders; this will help him develop as a pass-blocker. 

    Gilkey has everything he needs in his tool belt to do well at the next level, with the right coaching, that is.

Interesting Facts

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    Gilkey was a two-time All-Rocky Mountain West Conference pick.

    He was only one of four small-school players invited to the Senior Bowl. 

    He played tackle throughout college but will be a guard in the NFL, which is what he played at the Senior Bowl.

    While he won’t be picked any time early in the draft, he will be a quality pickup for some team in the later rounds for sure. 

    He told Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk that he is going to start an anti-bullying campaign for kids who suffer from being teased like he was. 

Observations

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    Although he is pretty athletic, he lacks the quickness to seal the edge at times. He does, however, have good lateral speed and is quick off the snap. 

    His utilization of leverage is what will make him a quality guard in the NFL. 

    Another big plus when it comes to Gilkey is his work ethic. He has the will to win and wants to be as good as he can be. 

    Probably the biggest concern when it comes to Gilkey is his lack of competition in college. 

    While he surely didn’t play many pushover teams, he still wasn’t playing at the highest level in college. That is why he isn’t as high on many people’s draft boards, but that won’t matter much once he’s drafted. In the right camp, he could really become an impact player in the trenches.

     

    CBSSports.com: While a dominant left tackle in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Gilkey lacks the athleticism necessary to remain outside against NFL speed. Given the opportunity to play inside at guard against elite competition at the Senior Bowl, however, Gilkey proved up to the challenge, likely securing a day three selection as a developmental prospect.


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