Yesterday the Rams agreed to terms with their fourth rounder from this year's NFL draft. Here's what Turf Show Times had to say about that pick at the time:â†µ
This is a very likeable pick. His negatives are obvious: lack of size and top-end speed and below-average hands. His plusses are obvious as well: YAC monster with a plethora of jukes, plays with tenacity despite size, hard worker.â†µ
BTW, a quick rant: I hate ESPN / Scouts Inc.'s reports sometimes. They cite character concerns for Gilyard and grade him a 3 (1 being the best 5 being the worst) on "intangibles". Let's break that down. After his freshman 2005 season, he had his scholarship pulled for academic performance. We've seen this happen to hundreds of college players, and 99% of the time, that becomes the last you've heard of them. Gilyard took a different route. To get the money he needed to re-enroll at Cincy, he took four different jobs and slept in a car. I say again, the kid worked four jobs and slept in a em-effing Grand Am just to get another chance. And that was the last of it. That counts as character issues? To ESPN / Scouts Inc. it does. Hell, they gave Carlos Dunlap, who only plays half of the snaps he sees on the field and has a DUI at the end of a college season to his credit, a 2. That's right, the DUI low-effort Dunlap has better intangibles than Mardy Gilyard, who worked four jobs and slept in a Pontiac Grand Am just to get back in to school.â†µ
His NFL career hasn't begun yet, and he was just officially signed yesterday, but he's already gotten additional (and unwanted) TST coverage earlier this year, when he was robbed at gunpoint on the Cincinnati campus.