PANTHERS 1st ROUND PICK: CB CHRIS GAMBLE

PANTHERS 1st ROUND PICK: CB CHRIS GAMBLE

CB Chris Gamble 6-1 196 4.5

Gamble is an outstanding athlete, played WR and CB at Ohio State. He is agile, explodes out of cuts that has good size. He is a threat to score on any interception, punt return. He explodes out of backpedals, great burst to airborne balls, has second gear to recover from mistakes. He has experience at receiver and returning punts. Rarely drops passes. Makes big plays under pressure. Has the range to stop running plays sideline-to-sideline, takes good angles to ball, chases down some plays from behind. Breaks down, wraps up ballcarrier upon contact, don't miss many open-field tackles.

Lacks footwork, vulnerable to double moves. Turned around too often, gives up big plays. Doesn't always read keys, bites on play action fakes, pump fakes. Frequently drops into coverage on running plays. Raw technique, instincts. Must improve route-recognition skills. Lacks mean streak, isn't powerful tackler. Doesn't always fight to get to ball, gives inconsistent effort. Gamble should develop into a solid starting cornerback and punt returner.


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