Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive back E.J. Gaines (31) dives for a touchdown after recovering a fumble by Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (not pictured) in the second quarter during the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome.. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers were in attendance for Missouri’s Pro Day and they and they had their eyes on corner E.J. Gaines during the workout. They met with him after to get more information on the youngster.
Gaines is a 5-foot-10 Senior that is projected to be taken in the middle rounds of the draft. He is a candidate to be taken between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
The draft is deep with talent at the corners. Gaines is someone who fits the Chargers system. Based off of his scouting report from CBS Sports, he plays a little bit of off man and can also match up in press. He can use those off-man skills in John Pagano’s defense. He anticipates routes well and will undercut them.
His criticisms are that he is more a hitter than a tackler. At least he will actually put on a hit on a player. Derek Cox used to work to get blocked on defense.
Gaines will be an option when the Chargers selection comes up in the 3rd or 4th round. The team better have another corner selected before they select Gaines though. The team needs a lot of love at the position.