July 20, 2013

Film study: Lamont Gaillard

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Georgia picked up a commitment from another highly-coveted defensive lineman on Saturday in Pine Forest (Fayetteville, N.C.) prospect Lamont Gaillard.

The four-star performer gives Georgia three Rivals250 defensive tackles in the 2013 class, and below UGASports lays out the reasons why Gaillard could be the best of the group.

Where he is great: Gaillard shows elite explosivness on film for a 320 pounder. He has a tremendous first step and comes off the ball with a great bad level.

He has the flexibility to play low and under control, and this allows him to be extremely disruptive on the interior. He splits double teams with his quickness, and does a great job of getting quick penetration against the pass and the run.

Gaillard stands at 6-foot-2, and has incredible length. He also possesses the lower body flexibility to roll his hips and control offensive linemen before finding the football.

One of Gaillard's most impressive attributes is his lower body strength. The four-star prospect plays with a huge, powerful base.

Where he is good: When he finds the football, he has the athleticism and motor to pursue and run the play down. Gaillard's mass also makes him very tough to move on the interior.

Gaillard shows solid lateral quickness and can win one-on-one battles on the interior in pass rushing situations. In pass rush and run stopping situations, Gillard shows that he has quick, violent hands that he can use to shed blocks and get to the football.

Where he needs work: While Gaillard has the ability to play with his hands, he doesn't do it all that often. He tends to rely on his explosivness and raw power to blow through blocks rather than shed them with consistency.

While he possesses tremendous lower body strength, Gaillard needs to add strength in his upper body as well.

While he is a tremendous athlete for a guy that weighs more than 320 pounds, he will need to move some weight around at the next level. He isn't in the best shape of his life at this point, but once he gets to that point, he could be a dominant force at the next level.

Overall: In Gaillard Georgia is getting a difference maker up front. He can play all three positions in the 3-4 defensive front and won't have to come off the field in nickel situations. His lateral quickness and ability to pursue make him an every down candidate on the interior and his ability to play both the run and the pass will increase his value at the next level. At this point in his career, Gaillard does most of his damage with raw talent. He isn't anywhere near as polished as he will be once he has time to focus on his craft at the next level. It is clear that his best football is ahead of him.

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