Scouting Report: Thaddeus Gibson

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010




Thaddeus Gibson


Position: OLB School: Ohio State
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 243 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.78

Overall Grade:

6.06

Draft Projection:

Late 2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 8.5


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 5.5
Coverage 8 4
Pass Rushing 8 5.5
Tackling 8 6
Instincts 8 6
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Very versatile defender. Projects very well to a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has experience starting at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay while flowing to the ball. Excellent instincts. Solid tackler. Explosive first step when rushing the passer. Can flow through traffic to the ball. Does a nice job reading screens and play actions. Appears quicker than fast on tape and has pretty good range for coverage. Played a lot of special teams.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves. While he’s a reliable tackler, he’s not a big hitter. Will take poor angles in pursuit. Straight line speed is only adequate. Needs to further develop and could have used another year at the college level. Only average coverage ability. Can get over-aggressive at times and over-run the play.

Analysis

Gibson is a guy that will immediately come in and play special teams for an NFL team and could see time as a situational player at first. He needs to further develop his pass rush technique but I could easily see a 3-4 team drafting him earlier than his grade suggests. Gibson has very high potential and if he develops, he could be a nice outside backer for a 3-4 defense. Could also project as a will linebacker in a 4-3 defense, but will need to work on his skills in coverage.

Experience

Two year stater at Ohio State. Started at defensive end as a sophomore and made transition to outside linebacker as a junior.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a


Academics

African American studies major at Ohio State.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 45 27 18 4 2 1 0
2008 26 14 12 5 1 0 0
2007 11 8 3 1 0 0 0



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.