[NFL Tiger] Roger Gaines Draft Status Coverage

Rogers Gaines, OT, Tennessee State: If Gaines were 6-2 and 298 pounds with 31-inch arms, I wouldn’t want him. But he’s 6-6 and 334 pounds — and he ran a 5.24 40, which is pretty fast for a guy that size. He’s also got arms that measure 36 1/4 inches, which is key because arm length is probably the most important indicator of future success for an offensive lineman. He had a bit of a knee problem that some teams are worried about, and he’s a soft-looking guy who could use some time in a good conditioning program. But that just means he’s an excellent candidate to be stashed on somebody’s practice squad to develop, as the Green Bay Packers did with current Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini. Another guy Gaines reminds me of: Jermon Bushrod, a fourth-round pick out of Towson in 2007 who turned into a Pro Bowler for the New Orleans Saints before landing a free-agent deal with theChicago Bears.

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