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2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Edmund Gates

Wide Receiver - Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian

Height:  5'11"
Weight:  192
40yd:  4.37

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday:  No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Rare vertical speed, made his name running deep vertical routes and corners at his level of competition simply couldn't keep up.  Got behind coverages on a regular basis.  Similar to Steve Smith (Carolina) in his ability to catch the ball over either shoulder, with no blind spots in his game.  Very good hands, plucks the ball out of the air, and reaches up to pull in arcing balls.  Adjust well to the ball underneath, helps his QB out going after the low ball, or after balls kept out in front.  Barely adequate as a blocker, not very strong, and can be bullied in press coverage.  Flashes the slipperiness to beat the jam but needs to be drilled in technique, and in route running.  Runs small across the middle, has shown short arms at time in that role.  Very raw, but will be 25 as a rookie.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

Bottom of the 3rd round.

What is Denver's Interest In Him?


Team speed doesn't just mean the LBs, and a WR beside Lloyd who can get behind coverages would be a huge addition to the already potent arsenal of weapons in Denver.  A guy like Gates gets drafted for the future, but his speed will push him out of the fourth and into the late 3rd, where Denver remains pickless.  Probably worth moving for, but only in the 4th.

Position, Name

CB Patrick Peterson

DT Marcell Dareus

QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
DE Robert Quinn

DT Nick Fairley

QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers


QB Jake Locker
QB Christian Ponder
DE Jabaal Sheard
QB Ryan Mallett
CB Brandon Harris
QB Andy Dalton

2 Middle RB Mikel LeShoure
OLB Bruce Carter
ILB Quan Sturdivant

Bottom OT Ben Ijalana
RB Daniel Thomas
DE Allen Bailey
DT Marvin Austin

Top QB Colin Kaepernick
LB Dontay Moch
3 Middle WR Greg Little
FS Quinton Carter

Bottom RB DeMarco Murray
WR Edmund Gates

4 Middle

5 Top



[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]