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Old 06-29-2007, 08:55 AM   #1
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Mountain of an OT Enter Supplemental Draft

Gaither To Enter NFL Supplemental Draft
Junior offensive tackle played the last two seasons with Terps

June 28, 2007

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland junior offensive lineman Jared Gaither has decided to apply for entry in the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft, head coach Ralph Friedgen announced Thursday.

"It's a decision he's put a lot of thought into," Friedgen said. "He's expressed a desire to get his degree, but I think the opportunity to make a living and the chance to be successful at the next level was a deciding factor.

"We wish him the best of luck and hope he achieves success in the NFL and in life."

The 6-foot-9, 350-pound Gaither played in 23 of 24 games, including 17 starts, in his two seasons. He started nine games at right tackle last season and eight at left tackle in 2005 when he replaced Stephon Heyer, who missed the year with a knee injury.

"This was a decision I came to after sitting down with my family and reviewing my academic situation," Gaither said. "I felt my best option now was to enter the Supplement Draft, though I would like to come back and get my degree."

Gaither is three years removed from high school, thus eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft. He played one season (2004) at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) before entering Maryland.

Teams picking a player in the Supplemental Draft forfeit their corresponding pick in following year's NFL Draft.

The NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled for July 12.


Numbers on him
He set Maryland's record for an offensive lineman with a 36-inch vertical jump

Gaither is a rare athlete and should garner at least a mid round pick from the offensive line starved teams of the league. He could actually go higher but he lack of classroom discipline might dampen his stock.

As a true freshman in 2005, Gaither played in all 11 games and started the last 8. He was named a third team Freshman All-American by College Football News and honorable mention by The Sporting News. He allowed no sacks in 583 snaps played (all at left tackle) and committed 2 penalties.

Now go back and look at som of the players he locked out:
Darryl Tapp, Manny Lawson, Mathias KIwanuka and Mario Williams

Mock draft 2008
3. Houston Texans- Jared Gaither, OT, Maryland*- Houston needs that franchise tackle to protect its quarterback and Gaither is a monster, literally. At 6-8, 335 lbs, Gaither is exactly what the Texans need.

Many mock drafts had him in the top ten because of his immense size, impressive athleticism, and huge upside while others claimed he wouldn't be picked until the second round because his form still needed to be refined and he wasn't even starting every game for his college team

Some rankings:
NFL Draft 2008: B.B. is king, with Run DMc gaining ground

19. Paul Oliver, CB, Georgia: He is a smooth cover player who did a great job on Calvin Johnson last year. In a week corner class, Oliver might be a top-15 pick.

24. Jared Gaither, T, Maryland: This 6-9, 330-pound junior was bothered by a back injury last season, but when healthy he's a dominant player.


It is not yet known when Gaither will audition for NFL scouts. But when he does work out, he is likely to draw a pretty healthy crowd. And if Gaither performs well in front of scouts, he could earn a spot in the first three rounds of the supplemental draft. To this point, Oliver, a solid cornerback who lacks top-end speed, has been viewed by most talent evaluators as the prime prospect in the supplemental pool.

well there is a cut and paste special on him.

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Old 06-29-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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at 6'9" brees will not be able to see the sun much less his recievers, not that he can see much else unless the line moves out the way.........
which brings me to this..........
against the bears, and i may be wrong, and the saints may have been doing it all yr, but.................
when brees came off the ball i noticed the line kinda mushroom out to help give him a better view down field. (a wider pocket if you may) i also noticed the bears stacked the line a lot giving him less of a view and forcing him to throw a little quicker resulting in incompletions and hurries......

do you think lovie knew this?
and, should'nt payton work on this for the upcoming season ?
because the more i think about it, the teams that beat us were taking away that view from brees....
maybe it's just the aliens.............smitty
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:36 PM   #3
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Opponets taking away the throwing lanes. Shorter QB's can't see over the lines use the lanes... Flutie for instance. Just calls for more QB rolling out.
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