INDIANAPOLIS — One player who certainly didn’t hurt his draft stock Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium is Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates.
It wasn’t only his white tights and white long-sleeve shirt that made Gates stand out. Gates, a player whom an NFC scout told me to watch this week, ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds, putting him at the top of the first group of wide receivers, along with Ricardo Lockette of Fort Valley State.
“That time solidifies him as being a top vertical threat,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks said.
The consensus on Gates, who had 66 receptions for 1,182 yards (a 17.9-yard average) and 13 touchdowns last season, was that he would be a second- or third-round pick in April’s draft. He might have taken a step to solidify that status Sunday.
“People are definitely sitting up and taking notice,” NFL Network’s Charles Davis said.
Gates isn’t the first player from Abilene Christian to perform well at the combine. In 2009, both RB Bernard Scott and WR Johnny Knox did well.