NFP breaks down players who shined in Saturday’s workout
Roger Gaines, OT, Tennessee State: Gaines proved today that appearances can be deceiving. For a player who did not impress during the weigh-in and as one scout told us “has a bad looking body,” Gaines shocked scouts with his athleticism today. Not just quick, but also flexible enough to maintain good knee bend and leverage throughout the drills.
Rogers Gaines comes from little-known Tennessee State, but with his invite to the combine, he could see his draft stock skyrocket.
At 6’7” and 335 pounds, he makes himself a presence on the offensive line. He didn’t give up a sack all year.
His offensive line helped Tennessee State lead the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing with 175.7 yards per game.
Another player coming off injury, Gaines underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, but began training for the combine in December.
TSU coach Rod Reed told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean,
I thought he really put his time in and worked hard to turn into the player he’s become. …And (scouts) found him. If there are 32 NFL teams, 29 teams have been in to look at him.
His size alone should cause some uproar at the combine. Coupled with the fact that, according to The Tennessean article, he is 100 percent healthy and put on 15 pounds of muscle, he could be the biggest surprise at the combine.
He has to show he has more than size and that he can compete with the top prospects. Gaines is going to participate in every drill to persuade a team to call his name.