Antonio Gibson – Memphis – 6’1″ – 228 pounds
While Moss looks ready to walk in and contribute from day one, Antonio Gibson is a different story. His college career consists of 33 rushing attempts and 44 career receptions. That’s it. He split time at both running back and wide receiver, but never refined his play at either position.
Why is he a prospect that I think will be in high demand in this draft? Well, what he did with the limited touches he got was just plain absurd. He broke 33 tackles last season on just 71 offensive touches and scored 12 touchdowns. He’s as explosive as they come. He has the deep speed to take the top off a defense as a receiver and the balance and change of direction to excel as a running back. At 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds to go with a time of 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, there just aren’t any other players like Gibson in this draft.
The problem is that other than returning kicks and punts, I’m not sure Gibson is ready to contribute much on day one of his rookie season. He doesn’t have a natural feel for the run game when it comes to reading blocks and finding holes because of his lack of carries. His route running as a receiver is pretty much limited to screens, crosses, and deep balls.
Whether the Chiefs would choose to make him a full-time player at just one position or take advantage of him at both spots, Gibson will still need a massive amount of coaching and development to reach his ceiling, but what a high ceiling it is. Think of him as an even more explosive Cordarrelle Patterson. If you wanted to give Andy Reid a fun new toy to play with, Gibson would be a tempting option.
You can see Gibson’s ridiculous big play upside in the tweet below. Check out the full highlight video in the link in the tweet. It’s worth the time to watch.
Finally, let’s talk about a guy that I feel like is being seriously overlooked in this draft.