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Road to the draft: Phillip Gaines

Position: Cornerback
School: Rice
Measurements: 6-foot-0, 193 pounds
40 time: 4.38 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 36.5 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.62 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.04 seconds.
Career stats: 175 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 38 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries.
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round.

Lowdown: A playmaker with good size and excellent speed, Gaines set a program record with 38 career passes defensed at Rice. … A two-time, first-team All-Conference USA selection, he posted the second best time in the 40 and 20-yard shuttle at the combine. A hard worker who is respected by his teammates. … Not a good run defender and does not project to a core special teams player. Suffered a foot injury in the fifth game of the year in the 2011 season, and was subsequently granted an extra year of NCAA eligibility because of medical hardship. Also missed time in 2010 because of a broken wrist. … Arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession in 2011, and served a year of probation. … Suspended for the 2013 season opener for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

They said it: “For a guy that’s going to be a mid- to late-round, developmental corner, I’m not sure you’re going to get any better value than Phillip Gaines.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins May 8.

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