Russell Gage NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Atlanta Falcons' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

LSU wide receiver Russell Gage runs after a reception against Notre Dame during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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POSITIVES

—Versatile athlete with reps as a receiver and runner.

—Huge impact on special teams with 11 tackles.

—Raw, moldable prospect held back by the anemic LSU passing game.

—Easy mover in the open field who has the straight-line speed to stretch the field but shows the agility to break off routes with loose hips and quick feet.

—Coaches raved about his work ethic, leadership and team-first mentality.

NEGATIVES

—Limited production as a receiver (26 catches in two years).

—Lean frame may keep him limited to a slot role (6’0”, 186 lbs).

—Needs to keep learning the position as a one-year starter.

—Workout warrior? Wasn’t invited to the Combine, Senior Bowl or premier all-star games but blew up after his pro day.

OVERALL

A late add in the scouting process, Russell Gage is a name to remember late on Day 2 or early in the fourth round. He’s an athlete with upside at the position and NFL coaches told us they believe he’ll be better in the pros than he was at LSU.


GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns

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