Before SMU hosted a Pro Day on March 28, 2014, quarterback Garrett Gilbert was not predicted to be drafted at all come draft day (May 8 – May 10). He left the University of Texas after the 2011 season because of a lack of support by the coaching staff and because of his difficulty in adjusting playing styles – so he transferred to SMU after he finished his degree.
He has had an overall successful career at SMU. In the 2013 season he threw 21 touchdowns, and a total of 3,528 yards. Nonetheless, Gilbert didn’t even receive an invite to the NFL combine this past February. Basically, there was one word to describe Gilbert – average.
But, Gilbert broke out of his shell and showed his true colors at his Pro Day. He also managed to turn a few heads his direction. He completed 86 out of 89 passes, and was throwing at a high velocity. So, accuracy and passing power are not an issue here. Gilbert is no outstanding athlete like RGIII or Cam Newton, but he has the QB build that NFL scouts want to see. He stands at 6-foot-4 inches and weighs in at 230 pounds. To cap off his stellar performance, he was invited to the Dallas Cowboys recruiting workout, and arranged meetings with the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His performance at the Pro Day really does speak to what kind of player Gilbert is. He is best when he is comfortable. He’s not intimidated by countless eyeballs examining his every move, and he can perform under a good amount of pressure. Now, a Pro Day isn’t the same as game play. But he has all of the tools, and a good mindset, but he may need to be groomed to get rid of bad decision-making. This guy has the potential to be really good. He’ll be a good backup for a couple of years behind a seasoned veteran QB. After that, he could be a weapon.
Check out this article by The Landry Hat: http://thelandryhat.com/2014/03/31/smus-quarterback-garrett-gilbert-impresses-dallas-cowboys-wilson-pro-day/
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