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College Career: "Had 211 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, 19 pass breakups, three caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles, 804 yards on 32 kickoff returns, and 261 yards on 27 punt returns in 2,103 snaps over a school-record-tying 53 games (28 starts) in his career; his 804 kickoff return yards were eighth-most in school history...first on the team in the power index with a 7.42 figure, meaning he was Clemson's strongest player pound for pound."
Preseason Statistics: 8 tackles, 2 Pass Def, 1 FR
Marcus Gilchrist (5'10", 193, 50th Overall) flew under the radar in this years draft. He was not as highly touted as corners such as Prince Amukamara, Jimmy Smith or Patrick Peterson, but has shown just as much, if not more, promise in this preseason. Marcus Gilchrist has also been praised as being the hardest hitter in camp this year by the Chargers coaching staff.
Gilchrist is one of those guys you want on your team. As can be heard in the video below, Gilchrist has played just about every position that a defensive back can play. In college he returned punts and kickoffs; he ran down on kickoff and punt; he has played both safety spots, cornerback, and nickleback. Not to mention that Gilchrist was the second strongest DB at the combine with 26 bench reps.
This is the special teams demon we have been looking for in the short run.
It is obvious that Gilchrist is a future star with the San Diego Chargers, who seem to have a talent for drafting top end cornerbacks (OK, lets forget about Sammy Davis). Coupled with Antonie Cason, the Chargers seem to have a lockdown combination for years to come. For now, look for him to learn from Quentin Jammer as he plays nickleback on a consistent basis in 2011.
Player Comparison: Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos. Though he does not yet have the cover skills that Bailey now possesses, Gilchrist is just as good, if not better, at tackling. His aggressive, physical, nature also reminds you a lot of Bailey, who continues beat up opposing wide receivers in the NFL.
Videos of Marcus Gilchrist:
Gilchrist on being a Chargers - His roles in college and why he will be effective in the NFL.
Gilchrist Draft Preview
Gilchrist Draft Analysis