He started all 12 games for the Golden Hurricanes as a junior, racking up 46 tackles, nine for loss, and four sacks while tying for second in the FBS with five forced fumbles. Gipson was even more productive as a senior, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades by leading Tulsa with 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks among his 49 total stops (also posting two forced fumbles in 12 games with 11 starts).
Did not participate at NFL Combine due to nagging Hamstring injury. Participated in Tulsa’s pro day on March 12th.
Hands: 9 5/8”
Arms: 33 7/8”
10yd Dash: 1.63
20yd Shuttle: 4.33
Unfortunately, didn’t participate in the Combine, but his pro day numbers were great. Compared to the Combine, he would have finished top 5 in his position group in the 40, vertical, broad jump, and 20-yard shuttle. Good build, long arms, and well-balanced build and carries his weight very well. Good athleticism; shows good explosiveness off the LOS with good pad level and maintains his aggressiveness and balance upon initial contact and fighting through OL. When working out of the 3 and 5 Technique, shows good lateral quickness to sidestep OL at the LOS and still display good UOH to swat the hands and attack. Good play strength; does a good job switching up between his power and finesse moves. Functional play strength allows him to play anywhere from a 3-tech to 7-tech. Maintains his technique, keeps his pad level low and fires into the OL to neutralize the LOS or fill gaps. Good mental processing ability to diagnose run vs pass when playing outside of B gap. Good play speed, shows good speed and good pursuit angles in his pass rush with good bend around the OT. Pass rush plan works when placed outside; counters OT well and has a good ability to work back inside and take direct route to QB, and dips below the hands to bend around the EDGE if he’s going with finesse. Power moves he looks to stun, get the OT off balance and work back inside and good ability to work through traffic.
The hands are active, but he needs to do a better job getting off 1-on-1 blocks. At times, the UOH are ineffective, and he’s swatting at nothing and opens himself up for OL to get inside his pads and impedes his progress. Inside B gap his mental processing struggles, or was just asked to clog the middle of the field to take away running lanes.
It’s hard not to get excited over this man’s game. He’s raw, and my con list is short, but he displays all the traits you’d like to see as an EDGE rusher. It may not be on the most consistent basis, but it’s certainly a great start and indicator of this person’s potential. He reminds me a lot of what Curtis Weaver did for Boise, but on a less polished and consistent level, but possesses more athleticism and explosiveness. He’s got the tools to work inside, occupy double teams, win outside but he needs the right fit to put it all together. Playing a 3-tech at the next level is most likely out of the question, but doing it in school is a good indicator this player possesses mental and physical toughness that translate to the NFL, and also play strength to beat college guards that still outweigh him by a large margin. I believe Gipson could be a mid-round guy, maybe a team possibly reaches due to not having a 3rd or 4th round pick, but I think he’s close. At times the tape showed a 4th rounder, and others showed a 2nd round talent. If the use of hands come together in camp, we could be looking at a mid-round selection who sees a lot of action as a rookie.