Draft Profile: Mardy Gilyard

NAME – Mardy Gilyard

Position – Wide receiver/Returner

College – Cincinnati

Status – Redshirt senior

Size/Weight – 5-11 7/8, 187 pounds

Important numbers – 4.56 in 40-yard dash, 13 reps on bench press, 39-inch vertical jump, 9-feet 9-inch broad jump.

Age – 23

Honors – A unanimous selection to the All-Big East first-team in ’09, Gilyard also was named to the No. 1 conference squad as a junior … second all-time in Big East receiving … named Big East special teams player of the year in ’08 … offensive player of the game at the 2010 Senior Bowl with five catches for 103 yards and a TD.

College career – Began his college career as a running back, moved to defensive back and finally to wide receiver in ’07. That’s where he became one of the best and most productive receivers in school and conference history.

Stats of note – 47 games with 34 starts, he caught 204 passes at Cincinnati for 3,003 yards and 25 TDs. Gilyard averaged 28.6 yards on kick returns with four TDs and 11.8 yards on punt returns with one TD.

STRENGTHS – north/south returner who is able to get separation … Catches the ball with his hands … explodes once he has the ball … not afraid of contact and will go after the ball … great instincts on kickoff returns, hitting up into wedge and seeing the lanes.

WEAKNESSES – lacks upper body strength to help him get off press coverage … does not start quick; kind of rolls into his route … inconsistent with his hands and has been known to drop a few passes … an emotional player, who sometimes loses control.

THE RIGHT 53? – The fact Gilyard is in a position to be drafted is a great story of dedication and the unwillingness to give in when bad things happen. Accused by a professor of plagiarizing an assignment, he lost his scholarship and was kicked out of his dorm room. For six months he lived out of a car, and sometimes slept on the coaches or floors of friends and former teammates. Gilyard worked four different jobs and earned enough money to pay back the college for his first year school costs. That’s when he was reinstated. He’s an emotional player, much like his good friend Chad Ochocinco.

What he said – “I’m the youngest of 10 kids, eight brothers and a sister who is tough as a bulldog. I’ve been running from people my whole life. I’m just off to the races.”

End game – Gilyard lacks the size teams are looking for these days at wide receiver. His best spot will likely be as a slot receiver and returner, where he can really make an impact.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – He could solve the team’s problems in finding a returner, and that alone should have him on the Kansas City radar in the third or fourth round.

4 Responses to “Draft Profile: Mardy Gilyard”

  • April 2, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I like the idea of Gilyard but I hear they are working out Rolondo this weekend and I hope that means they could just potentially trade down to get a guy like that. He would be another pretty big reach at #5

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  • April 3, 2010  - RatsoReily says:

    I watched Mardie in a couple of games last year and was really impressed with him. If he’s available in the 3rd rnd the Chief’s should grab him. His return abilities alone would warrant the pick add his ability to play the slot and he’s a great value pick. As far as hands, in the games I watched he caught everything thrown anywhere near him. Also, he had a kick return for TD and a TD reception .. the kid is a heck of a player.

  • April 3, 2010  - Danny W says:

    I agree. I watched him in the senior bowl and the guy lit it up period. He looked like Desean Jackson out there grabbing the deep ball like he was born to fly up the field. We have two possesion guys in Bowe and Chambers send this guy up field on second and two and burn some defenses for big touch downs and have him return some kicks and punts.

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