With the likelihood of the Seattle Seahawks drafting Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree perhaps fading with the announcement of his foot injury, the Seahawks could look to grab a diamond in the rough later in the draft.
One player that has that potential is Washington State product Brandon Gibson. The Rogers High of Puyallup product has good size, measuring in at 6-0, and weighing 212 pounds. Gibson said the Seahawks already have talked to him.
After contemplating coming out after a successful junior season, Gibson decided to return hoping to increase his draft stock. Instead he suffered through a 2-10 season with the Cougars, was double-teamed most of the year and didn't have a quarterback who could get him the ball with all the injuries his team suffered at the position. However, Gibson says it still was the right decision.
"My senior year, things didn't go as planned," Gibson said. "But, you know, you're only in college once. You're only a senior once, so I definitely wanted to enjoy that time there.
"Things didn't work out the way I would've liked. I didn't play as well as my junior year and we just didn't have as good of team. But I definitely think that I benefited in becoming a better football player and gaining more knowledge about the game."
Gibson attended the Senior Bowl but left midweek after injuring his hamstring. While there he impressed some scouts with his route-running ability and ability to gain separation coming out of his breaks.
Gibson won't participate in workouts while at the combine, but he plans on beginning to workout in another week and will perform all the drills in early April at his pro day in Seattle.
Gibson says he believes he'll run in the low 4.4s once he's healthy.
Looking at his college resume, Gibson has the pedigree to be successful at the next level. He earned All-Pac-10, first team honors and All-America, third team honors his junior season, finishing with 67 receptions for 1,180 yards and nine touchdowns as the Pac-10's leading receiver.Gibson finished his career as WSU's all-time leader in career receiving yards (2,756), ranked second in receptions with 182, and sixth in touchdown receptions list with 17.
Gibson was Pac-10 Honorable mention selection his senior year, finishing with 57 receptions for 673 yards and two touchdowns.
More important, Gibson is NFL ready. He can quickly learn the West Coast offense, coming from a similar system at WSU. And learning the receiver position from one of the best receiver coaches in college in WSU offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller certainly didn't hurt Gibson.
"I owe him a lot," Gibson said about Levenseller. "He helped me out tremendously, from a skinny, 170-pound kid, to a guy who can run routes and be a good football player. He's taught me coverage-wise things I can use and just being a tough football player. I definitely think he did the most in helping me develop coaching-wise."