2011 NFL Draft Profile: CB – Anthony Gaitor – Florida International

Even with the renewal of the contracts of defensive backs David Jones and Tyron Brackenridge, the Jaguars are woefully thin at cornerback. Regardless of how feel about Rashean Mathis, he will be 31 in August and has just one year left on his contract with the Jaguars. Derek Cox has proven to be talented, but has to develop into a player that can be fully trusted, week in and week out.

Inserting young talent into the Jaguars secondary is surely going to be a high priority for Gene Smith in April. One such player that Smith’s team has shown interest in is Florida International’s Anthony Gaitor.

The biggest thing holding Gaitor back from being a much higher draft pick is his size. At just under 5’10 and only 178 pounds, Gaitor will struggle to blaze a path as a starting corner in the NFL and likely have to make his way as a nickel corner.

That’s not to say it can’t be done, though. Pro Bowl cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Devin McCourty are both just under 5’11. The Jaguars’ William Middleton is just over 5’9. What separates Gaitor from these players in terms of size, is that he’ll need to add weight to his thin frame before he could find success as a starter.

Outside of his size, Gaitor has all the tools to succeed. His 4.38 and 4.44 unofficial 40 times at his pro day, were roughly a tenth of a second faster than what had been originally projected from him. His speed translated well to the field, where he was playmaker all four years as a Panther.

Gaitor accumulated at least two interceptions in each of his four years and finished with 11 total. Two of those interceptions resulted in t0uchdown returns for Gaitor.

DraftAce.com described Gaitor as someone who excels due to his agressiveness:

Too many small corners back off from tough assignments, but Gaitor will play at the line of scrimmage and mix it up with bigger receivers and even get into the backfield to help out against the run.

For the Jaguars, Gaitor may be available in the 6th or 7th round or possibly even in undrafted free agency.