The Dallas Cowboys were one of two teams who met with San Jose State's Jarron Gilbert last month, TheRanchReport.com has learned.
Gilbert, who may not be known by many NFL fans, is actually ranked as the No. 9 defensive end available in this year's draft according to Scout.com.
"I've become a YouTube sensation," Gilbert said with a laugh from the Combine last month. "How it came about was, one day our strength coach said Adam Archuleta could jump out of a pool, and everybody was super amazed.
"I went out there one day – it wasn't that big a deal to me – and I just went and jumped out of the pool. I found out that I could do it, so I put it on film to make everybody else believe me."
Gilbert made believers out of the internet generation, but NFL coaches and scouts had already jumped onto his bandwagon following his standout senior season and his performance in the East-West Shrine game.
"It really rose my stock," Gilbert said of the game. "It showed people I could play at the next level -- I believe it did. I felt successful that week at the East-West game and hopefully the scouts will see it that way, that it was a good week."
Also playing into thing is his solid performance at the Combine where Gilbert measured in at 6-5, 288 pounds and posted a 4.87 forty time, a 35-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad broad-jump.
The key is figuring out where the talented physical specimen would fit into a pro defense.
"I think I can play it all, honestly," Gilbert said modestly. "I was a 4-3 end for three years, and a 4-3 D-tackle my senior year. I felt good playing each one. I've never played in a 3-4 system before but I feel I could be successful there."
From his interior position as a senior, Gilbert finished with 52 tackles including an incredible 22.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks.
Even with that performance, Gilbert is a player who is never satisfied with his performance and he's already critiquing himself on what he needs to improve on.
"Being more consistent with my technique throughout the whole game," Gilbert admitted. "A lot of times, depending on the opponent I might let my technique slide. At times I can get away with it and at times I can't. Especially at the next level, I have to be sound in my technique throughout the whole game."
"Gilbert is a versatile lineman who has outstanding athleticism," notes Scout.com Draft Expert Chris Stueber. "He has a great frame and could add more mass. He can play inside or outside and flashes the ability to be a tremendous threat behind the line of scrimmage.
"He also has long arms and delivers a quick punch to gain an advantage. He holds up well against double teams and disengages quick enough to track down a ball carrier. He's viewed as a tweener."
Gilbert also met extensively with the Washington Redskins and had contact with Oakland, New Orleans and Atlanta.
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