One player making major strides on draft boards across the NFL scene is Rice University cornerback Phillip Gaines. I have Gaines rated as the 13th best cornerback and a late 3rd round selection and the scouts are starting to see just how good of a cover cornerback the speedy 6-0 ¼, 193 pounder is.
Gaines set a new Rice record by recording 38 pass break-ups throughout his college career. In 2013 the former track star allowed only 13 catches in 40 targeted throws.
While he has good size, tremendous leaping skills and excellent speed Gaines has missed time due to multiple injuries in college and he needs to spend more time in the weightroom to physically get stronger, but he has the size and recovery speed that would make him an excellent pick-up in the third round.
Coaches at Rice University told me last week that the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and the New England Patriots have shown the most interest in Gaines.