Prospect Profile: Mardy Gilyard's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard inside.

Mardy Gilyard
School: Cincinnati
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6-0
Weight: 187
Projected 40-Time: 4.45

Star Rating: Grade: 90
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Gilyard has big play ability, but possesses a slender frame and questionable character.
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Strengths: Gilyard is a lanky, explosive playmaker who’s dangerous in space. He’s quick off the line, uses his hands well to fight off a jam and will challenge a defender over the middle and downfield. He has good hands and vision, and consistently finds openings within a defense. He sets up defenders nicely after the catch and is elusive in the open field. He shows good awareness after the catch and follows his blockers to pick up positive yards. He has a knack for the acrobatic and makes highlight reel plays. He’s also a tremendous return specialist.

Weaknesses: He has to get stronger and play with more aggression. He has to improve his route running; he rounds off too many of his routes. And he has to get stronger and become a better blocker downfield.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Cincinnati, Gilyard has been the Bearcats most explosive weapon the last two years. During that span, he’s caught 168 passes for 2,467 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has great ability, but his size is a concern and his durability will be questioned by scouts. Gilyard has some character concerns, but he’s a premier talent and will be a second round pick.

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