Phillip Gaines – DB Rice, 6’0″, 193 LBS, 31′ 7/8″ Arm Length
Drafted Round 3, Pick 23, Kansas City Chiefs
Combine Results: 4.38 Forty | 36.5″ Vertical | 122.0″ Broad Jump
- Gaines is a two-time, All-CUSA selection 2012 and 2013.
- Set and holds school career record with 38 broken up passes including 27 in last two years (42 total).
NFL Impact: I’ll start off with some of Gaines’ recent production such as his final season. In 2013, Gaines was targeted 40 times, he allowed just 13 total receptions and picked off 4 passes. Gaines has the skills, speed and discipline to be an NFL starter, but his most intriguing trait is getting to the ball on so many plays. Gaines has terrific ability in coverage and could easily match-up and beat teams No.2/No.3 Wide Receivers giving defenses the edge. He is a hard working kid that knows how to motivate the defense with big plays. He has amazing range with his sub 4.4 40-yard speed being able to chase down the quarterback or running back out of the back field with ease. Locates the ball extremely well over his shoulder and through traffic, just 32.5% of passes were completed his way in 2013. Gaines has a great work ethic and a team-first guy with the right priorities, he was a two-year team captain, a four-year starter (45 career starts) with experience in both man and zone coverage and holds the school record for career passes defended (42).
Fantasy Impact: I expect Gaines to develop quickly. I don’t believe he will need a ton of work, I see him as a plug and play corner with the ability to take advantage of young receivers. He competes for the ball in the air and has great hand-eye coordination with the ability to take the ball away from the receiver. Worth a gamble with a late round pick, he could be worth watching and playing depending on his match-up.