A few days ago, I posted Charles Gaines’ results from the NFL Combine in the tests he participated in. This one is a little different. This will show his measurements and the analysis on him from NFL.com. It also gives his grade, and what that number means as a projection for him as a pro.
Arm Length: 31 3/8″
Weight: 180 lbs
Hands: 8 3/4″
Analysis from NFL.com
Came to Louisville as wide receiver and has unique feel for what’s coming from routes. Outstanding mirror/match work in man coverage. Extremely patient and confident in coverage. Maintains balance and body control in routes. Refuses to overreact or be tilted by head fakes and jab steps within the route.
Frame could use more size to match up with NFL receivers. Wasn’t challenged often in 2014, with just 56 targets against. Too ready to run routes for receivers, opening himself to double moves. Play speed slows when turning head to look for ball against go routes.
Field corner in college who plays with a great deal of confidence and alertness, processing with above-average instincts. Looks for chances to jump telegraphed throws. Gaines has a thinner frame than desired and will have teams running at him to see if he’ll come up and tackle. His cover skills underneath are near the top of this draft class, but he gave up a few open looks on deep balls and that could cause concern for NFL teams.
Grade from NFL.com
5.52 – Chance to become NFL starter