The Dallas Cowboys selected Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers with their sixth round (No. 217 overall) selection on Saturday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot-8, 275 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com did not rank Gathers among its NFL prospects.
The skinny: Gathers played basketball at Baylor, where he earned All-America and All-Big 12 honors as a power forward and became one of the best rebounders in program history. As a senior Gathers ranked 20th in the Big 12 in points per game (11.3), second in rebounding (9.1), sixth in field goal percentage (.515), 12th in blocks (0.8), first in offensive rebounding (4.0) and fifth in defensive rebounding (5.1). His 21 rebounds on Dec. 8 against Northwestern State were the most by any Big 12 player this season.
What Cowboys are getting: Um, well, that's a good question. Gathers hasn't played football since high school, so projecting his viability in the NFL is difficult. He didn't undergo combine testing and only started preparing for the NFL last month. Gathers has a great vertical leap, possesses great basketball athleticism and knows how to move his large body in traffic, so he projects as a tight end. There is no indication as to whether Gathers possesses the traits that would allow him to actually become a NFL tight end, however.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: D
Postins’ Take: This is the type of pick the Cowboys used to make back in the day — I mean, the Tex Schramm-Gil Brandt days — and sometimes they worked out. This pick is predicted on Gathers' immense athleticism. He moves great as a basketball player. We've seen some basketball players make their way into the NFL, starting with Tony Gonzalez and continuing with Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. But those guys had played football within a few years of moving to basketball. Gathers hasn't. But it appears he wants to give it a shot and the Cowboys attended his pro day workout in New Orleans recently. They must have liked something. This is a "close your eyes and throw the dart" kind of pick. There is no way of knowing whether it will succeed or not. But what if it does? He'll become one of the biggest tight ends in the NFL. I believe he starts the season on the practice squad.
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