Draft Profile: BioArik Gilbert from Marietta High School was rated a 5 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Gilbert opted to join LSU.
In 2020 as a freshman Gilbert saw action in 8 games for the Tigers as he made 35 receptions for 368 yards for an average of 10.5 yards per reception, with 2 TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of 90.8.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Physical player able to get off press coverage to release up the sideline or position himself inside the cornerback on slants and crossing routes.
- Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes by extending his arms rather than pure speed.
- A savvy, natural pass-catcher with reliable hands and very good focus. Snatches the ball out of the air and shows the concentration to make acrobatic catches look easy.
- Does a nice job locating and tracking deep passes and is a legitimate vertical threat. Willing to go up and attack the ball.
- Has enough upper-body strength and tenacity to be very effective as a downfield blocker. Is not shy about taking on his man, provides some pop and will open a running lane for his back at the next level.
- Has the size, length, and strength to defeat press jams. Can make the spectacular catch. A decent open-field runner with some agility and the ability to break tackles.
- As a blocker, he is outstanding, consistently locating, controlling, moving, and pancaking smaller DBs and more than holding his own against linebackers
- Has a knack for getting open and is a quarterback's best friend - passers just need to toss the ball in his area and he'll come down with it.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Does not have elite speed to burn by defenders. Does not drop his hips to get in position while blocking and fails to take correct angles to his man.
- Does not explode off the line of scrimmage and runs with long strides.
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