An explosive playmaker with speed to burn, Antonio Gibson is one of the more intriguing prospects in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. A wide receiver per Memphis' roster, Gibson lined up in multiple places on offense and also was one of the nation's most dangerous kick returners. Classified as a running back, Gibson's skill set is tailor-made for the modern NFL, regardless of the position he's used at.
Antonio Gibson Draft Profile
He lined up as a receiver and a running back at Memphis, but no matter where he plays, Gibson is a serious weapon with the ball in his hands. He is an electric mover, a burner who gets 0-to-60 in a flash despite his longer frame. Along with the ability to run away from people, he has the powerful lower half to run through defenders as well — he’ll lower his pads and finish his runs hard. He has the fluid hips to change direction without gearing down. He played some receiver in college and proved more than capable of tracking the ball downfield. He’s an elite kick returner as well.
He doesn’t have a true position. Gibson can line up in the backfield but doesn’t have a great feel for the proper tempo approaching the line of scrimmage. He also tends to run very upright on handoffs — he’s simply much more comfortable in space. His route tree was mostly limited to 9-routes.
In an increasingly positionless league, the time has arrived for a player like Gibson. He should give opponents fits on manufactured touches and as a downfield target.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round
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