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23 Days of Draftmas: Trevis Gipson

Identifying a defensive end who the Chiefs might consider taking on day three.

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

A very merry Draftmas to you! We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23rd. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Trevis Gipson, EDGE

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

6’3” | 261lbs | Tulsa

Cedar Hill, TX

Grade (round): 5th

Expected Draft Range: Day Three

NFL Combine: 25 bench

2019 Stats: 49 tackles, 15 TFL, 8.0 Sacks, 2 FF

One-sentence bio: Four-year letter winner and Senior Bowl participant who put on 60 pounds over the course of a collegiate career that ended with a 2019 first-team All-AAC selection.

One-sentence scouting report: Well-built, long defensive end with inside-outside versatility that fits Steve Spagnuolo’s typical profile for the position.

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How he fits in Kansas City: Gipson fits every criteria of a Steve Spagnuolo defensive end that Matt Lane profiled in his feature in the KC Draft Guide.

If they Chiefs wait until day three (if at all) to address defensive end, Gipson is a great target for them in the fifth round. He put together a quality performance at the Senior Bowl — showing improvement throughout the week. He’s an unfinished product but has the potential to be a solid edge, setting in the run game. He has experience kicking inside and has shown the flexibility to slip a gap. He has above-average bend off the edge for a player his size but needs to develop better hand technique to utilize that ability.

Gipson has a spin move that shows promise. If he understands how to use his length better and develops a better pass-rush plan, he could be good value for the Chiefs at a position Spagnuolo likes to have option at. Defensive line coach Brendan Daly would be getting a good player to develop. There are simple things that he could held accountable to fix by Daly like pad level. The effort and desire to improve appears to be there and the raw tools are present to entice a team to take a chance on the Golden Hurricane. He could become a rotational defensive end within the next year or two.

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