Mike Gillislee 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Mike Gillislee
Weight: 208 lbs.
Hands: 9 3/8”
40 Time: 4.50
Good speed and breakaway runner. Accelerate very quickly in the open field. Run with good pad level. Possess the versatility to thrive in power and/or zone blocking schemes. Good lateral quickness and balance. Excellent pass catching skills. Willing to pass protector but needs to improve blocking techniques.
Result to cut blocking pass rushers more often resulting in quarterback sacks. Lacks the power and technique needed to anchor and stop bigger pass rushers. Look to hit the perimeter too quickly where NFL linebackers close quickly.
Gillislee played as a true freshman in the SEC. However, he lacks wear and tear on his body because he lost carries and touches to Tim Tebow, Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps three years prior. Gillislee 2012 season was full of big plays against tough BCS opponents. He made the most of his touches and many were long runs that displayed his balance and long speed. Gillislee combine numbers were good but not excellent. He plays faster and quicker than his 4.55 forty and 4.40 short shuttle indicates.
Gillislee will probably be drafted in a running back-by-committee role until he becomes a consistent pass protector. Low mileage makes him attractive to most NFL teams. He is worthy of a mid-round pick.
COMPARISON: Donald Brown