Steelers Draft WR Gibson In Fourth Round


Posted Apr 24, 2005


Entered 2004 as a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver, and finished off a four-year stint with the Bulldogs with a career-best 49 receptions for 801 yards and seven touchdowns...

Watch Video ---- Gibson was third in the SEC in receiving yards per game with just under 67 per outing, earning him All-SEC First Team honors from the coaches and All-SEC honorable mention from the AP...With 2,884 yards Gibson places second on Georgia's all- time yardage list and is seventh in the SEC, while his 161 catches is third- highest in Bulldog history...As a freshman Gibson wasted little time in making a name for himself as he established a school record for 100-yard receiving games with five in 2001...Named to the Freshman All-America second team by some media outlets and was an All-SEC Freshman Team choice by league coaches as well after he led the team in receiving yards with 772 and was second with 33 receptions...Gibson has a nose for the ball and a lanky frame that allows him to cut through defenses, but he does have a tough time muscling up with more physical defenders.

Fred Gibson School: Georgia
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 196 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who saw limited action with the first team as a freshman. All- Conference selection last year after posting 49/801/7. Has ten 100-yard career receiving games to his credit.

Positives: Fluid pass catcher with excellent size/speed numbers. Solid route runner who is sharp into breaks and stays low on exit. Extends to snatch the ball from the air, quickly transitions to running after the catch and displays a burst of speed. Easily adjusts to the errant throw or gets down to scoop up the low pass. Deceptively fast and runs to the deep ball. Tracks the pass in the air, runs well laterally and shields opponents away with his frame. Nicely times receptions getting vertical to high point the ball. Possesses soft, sure hands.

Negatives: Does not win out in battles like he should or hears footsteps then gathers into receptions. More built-up speed than sudden explosion. Loses focus, concentration and as a result drops a lot of catchable throws.

Analysis: An athletic prospect with an abundant amount of natural ability, Gibson shows flashes of dominance on the field, yet has been spotty with his dedication to football. Possesses first-round skill and the ability to develop into a number one receiver at the next level, yet must motivate himself and prove that he is willing to pay the price.



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