Scouting The Draft: Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

We kick off our scouting report profile with a prospect that maybe some of you are not too familiar with.

Introductions

We thought it may be a good idea to publish some scouting reports on the day the chosen player will participate in a Bowl game. It gives you a chance to dive straight into the game and see what you think. So today Crockett will represent Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, against Washington State.

Gilmore was a 3 star recruit from Texas, as far as I'm aware Colorado State were the only team to show any real interest in Gilmore, who was always considered a tough, physical competitor. He played as both a wide receiver and a defensive end in college, but it was always going to be tight end where he found his home. He caught a Bushland high score record 22 touchdowns his senior year and he helped guide his team to 34 wins in 38 contests over the final three years of his career in high school.

Despite coming to Colorado State as a receiver, Gilmore had to play defensive end his freshman year due to injuries across the defensive line. Just before the 2011 season he moved back to tight end, making 45 receptions for 468 yards and 4 scores. 2012 was a disappointing season for Gilmore as he registered just 19 receptions for 263 yards and two scores.

Measurables

Height: 6'6
Weight: 255lb's
Class: Senior
Projected 40: 4.8

Statistics

Season Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
2013 43 533 12.4 52 2
2012 19 263 13.8 69 2
2011 45 468 10.4 34 4

Positives

A real big body receiver, projected to be a late round selection and that's due to his lack of speed and playing against less than stellar competition. However he knows how to use his body to gain positioning to make the catch. Very good vertical to go up and get the ball. Runs tough with the ball, very hard to bring down in space. Can line-up as a receiver as well as a tight end. Gets a nice release off the line, and hits stride quickly. Good hands and watches the ball into his body. Has an ability to recognise the coverage and sit down. Works his way back to the QB consistently if scrambling. Blocking has come on a lot and is now consistently able to engage his defenders, good hand placement and learning to play with better leverage.

Negatives

Doesn't have a great deal of speed and won't run away from anyone. Doesn't run the crispest of routes and rounds off his cuts making it easier for defenders to track him in space. Blocking is still a work in progress, sometimes gets pushed back or beaten on the outside shoulder in terms of speed rushers. Although he is a big body and does a nice job of tracking the ball in the air, wasn't a consistent red-zone target for Colorado State. Could do a better job of avoiding contact, seems to run straight into the first tackler, only his strength enables him to pick up more yards, those yards may come easy in the Mountain West, but he may well struggle to pick them up in the NFL.

Conclusion

As a 6th round prospect, he is pretty intriguing as he does a lot of things well. If you remember last year, I was a big fan of Joseph Fauria from UCLA, he went undrafted last season and so far this year he's had 12 receptions, 7 of them for a touchdown. I think Gilmore has the potential to be a big redzone target.

Would I Draft Him For The Jets?

If we don't address this position earlier in the draft and we get to rounds 6 and 7 still needing a tight end, then I would certainly consider taking him, personally I hope we address this position earlier where there will be better talents. However if we end up with Gilmore in the 6th round I won't be complaining. Good body control, tough competitor, I'll take it.
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