Mike Gillislee (RB)

03/02/2013 9:49 am by in Rookie Spotlights

Mike Gillislee

Mike Gillislee is an intriguing running back who can run inside or outside the tackles. Gillislee doesn’t have one outstanding characteristic but he does have a blend of above average skills, speed and open field elusiveness.

He is a good one cut running back with excellent vision; good pass catching ability; good burst; good lateral agility; a willing pass protector; good football intelligence; and enough speed to break a long run. He’s not a physical back but he does slip defenders, usually avoiding a big hit and he showed in college that he could carry the load of called upon to do so. He’ll have to get stronger (he can be arm tackled); become more decisive; take what a defense gives him as opposed to looking for a big gain; and gain lower body strength.

The skills are there for Gillislee to be a better NFL player than he was a college player. With only one year as a starter in college he doesn’t have as much wear and tear on him as some of the other backs in this draft. Right now he looks like an all purpose running back who could be part of a committee. If he can bulk up and not lose his speed and quickness, he could be more. Prior to the combine he looks like a fourth/fifth rounder in the NFL Draft. In dynasty drafts he’ll be around the tenth or eleventh running back selected, putting him in the late third or fourth round.

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