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.
Let’s look at an offensive chess piece that would be an intriguing addition to Andy Reid’s offense. Some see him as a running back — but some see him as a receiver.
Antonio Gibson, Running back
6’ | 228lbs | Memphis
Expected draft range: Day three
Combine: 4.39-second 40-yard dash, 16 bench press reps, 35” vertical jump, 118” broad jump
2018 Stats: 33 carries, 369 yards, 4 touchdowns; 38 receptions, 735 yards, 8 touchdowns
One-sentence bio: Senior Bowl participant who set the Memphis single-game all-purpose yards record with 386.
One-sentence scouting report: Versatile offensive weapon with special teams value who could be drafted as a running back or wide receiver.
I like Antonio Gibson more as a RB at the next level - burst, power, breakaway speed.— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) February 20, 2020
Think a full transition there from WR makes the most sense (while also being a factor on ST too) pic.twitter.com/IVPQ6xUt19
How he fits in Kansas City: The Senior Bowl invited Gibson to participate as a running back. The NFL Combine invited him to participate as a wide receiver. I would like to see him included in the Chiefs’ running back room to develop as a runner to pair with his intriguing pass-catching qualities.
Gibson is one of the more unique prospects in class. He ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash — and on tape, it absolutely translates to obvious runaway speed. While he received minimal carries, Gibson is a physical runner with explosive play potential, averaging 11.2 yards per carry on 33 carries. In the passing game, Gibson averaged 19.3 yards per reception. Because he’s still raw as a route runner, I prefer him as a running back. However, his wide receiver traits translate beautifully to the running back room, potentially making him a dynamic weapon. With his large frame, he can high-point a football and win at the catch point.
Kansas City would be a great place for Gibson to develop as a running back. I would expect him to see immediate use on special teams — and potentially in the return game. He’s big and physical — and for a running back, comes with advanced pass-catching ability, giving him the versatility to move around. He would be an exciting chess piece for Andy Reid.
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