Draft Capsule: RB Mike Gillislee

Draft Capsule: RB Mike Gillislee

April 21, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Mike Gillislee (RB), Florida

5-11 | 208 lbs.

2012 stats:

1,152 rush yds, 10 rushing TD's; 16 rec, 145 yds, 1 TD

Projection:

4th-5th round

Strengths:

A shifty, elusive runner who finds the holes with his solid vision; great size for the position, and will work hard to spin off defenders for extra yardage; has improved as a receiver in four seasons and produced in his first year as a starter (2012), earning First Team All-SEC honors from the coaches and media; he isn't a plus-pass blocker but, like his running style, won't shy away from contact

Weaknesses:

His shiftiness can get him into trouble at times when he attempts to find cutbacks instead of taking what's there; because of that, has a tendency to run high when trying to find lanes, which limits his ability to gain extra yardage; holds the ball on the inside when in the open field, which has led to fumbles

Fit for Bears:

Matt Forte got paid and Michael Bush is around, but Gillislee likely won't be brought in to be a No. 1 or 2 running back for a team. He projects as a player to who still needs to sharpen his craft before seeing major field time. Armando Allen is a serviceable No. 3, and the Bears likely will address other needs, but the shiftiness Gillislee would bring makes him an intriguing prospect. He dominated some of the best defenses in the country and has the experience of a battle-tested senior. If the Bears are looking for an upgrade they can mold into a multi-purpose back, Gillislee could be an option in the 4th or 5th round.