- BProjectionRound 5
- YearRS Senior
- Hand9 ⅝
- Arm31 ¾
Strong Points: Three-and-a-half-year starter. Very competitive and productive. Instinctive -- finds the ball. Tries to play a physical game. Solid run defender -- plays strong at the point of attack, sheds and gets to the play. Pressure generator as a pass rusher. Very good tackler. Quick hands, and knows how to use them. Team leader.
Weak Points: Short with short arms. Only average pass-rush production. 10-yard quickness but lacks long speed. Appears to lack scheme versatility. Devoid of good NFL pass-rush traits.
The Way We See It: Gaines is reminiscent of a poor man's Kyle Williams, the longtime Bills defensive tackle who just retired. Gaines is short with short arms but strong, thick and possessing an all-out motor. He makes plays because of his instincts and competitive nature, not his natural physical traits. He's at his best as a run defender because he locates the ball, discards blocks quickly and keeps himself in position to make plays. Gaines flashes pass-rush ability mainly because he's relentless. He is a undersized 4-3 nose who will be best in a NFL rotation, where he can contribute solidly on 10-15 snaps a game.