James Gayle had a very good collegiate career for the Virginia Tech Hokies and had been rumored to go anywhere from the third to sixth round. James Gayle had no less than 4 sacks in a season while having no more than 7 either but Gayle is definitely a solid defensive end. Gayle is a better run defender than pass rusher which makes him a situation guy early on his career with the potential to gain playing time over the course of his career. However, James Gayle shockingly went undrafted and has become a quality undrafted addition for a team.
James Gayle has been signed by the Tennessee Tians. James Gayle is a very good undrafted addition for a Tennessee Titans team that sees a need on their roster to improve their defensive line. Gayle definitely will get a chance to not only earn a starting spot but also gain some playing time as a rookie.
James Gayle will be a guy that can immediately be a situational player as a very talented run defender that can develop into a lot better player. Of course, we have seen solid run stuffing defensive ends do very well in the NFL like Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston who both received big contracts this past offseason. Gayle is currently an average to below average pass rusher but Gayle has a lot of potential to get very good.
On top of that, going undrafted will obviously give James Gayle a wake up call and that makes him even more dangerous. James Gayle has been a hard worker and will head to Nashville trying to prove that he should have been drafted by a NFL team. James Gayle could make a run in a season or two at being a starter and would have been drafted in most years. A very strong draft hurt James Gayle but he will earn himself a spot in the NFL and be a very good undrafted pickup.
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