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.The Rams select Washington defensive tackle Greg Gaines with the 134th pick, which they received in a trade with the Patriots.

The Los Angeles Rams have traded up for the third time in the draft, once again with the Patriots. They sent New England the 162nd and 167th picks for Nos. 134 and 243.

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New @RamsNFL DI Greg Gaines had the Pac-12 class' top pass-rush win percentage last season. He joins Aaron Donald and a talented Rams DLine in the #NFLDraft!

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DI Greg Gaines was ranked as our 9th best DI player and 92nd overall player in this year's draft. #Rams got a stud at pick 134

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Greg Gaines DL Washington
by Drew Boylhart • January 10, 2019

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=534

STRENGTHS
Greg is an athletic big man who understands that his priority job is stopping the run. He has quick feet and good foot speed to pressure the quarterback. He has good lateral agility to stretch out plays allowing his teammates to make tackles. Greg understands gap control but because of his quick feet and foot speed you can run stunts with him forcing offensive lineman to double team him. He changes the line of scrimmage to his benefit on almost every snap and when he is double teamed his defensive teammates became dominating behind him. Greg shows leadership skills through his play on the field. Greg has the athletic talent and size to be used as a nose tackle in a 3/4 defense or either one on the DT’s in a 4/3 defense. On some downs he could even be used as a down DE in the 3/4 because he has good overall athleticism. The ability for Greg to play inside on the defensive line at different positions makes him a value selection for the team that drafts him.

CONCERNS
Greg has to get stronger in his upper body and use his hands better to stand up his opponent, take on double teams and shed blocks to improve his ability to make tackles at the line of scrimmage consistently. When he comes off with good leverage he is as good as any defensive tackle in this draft but he seems to lack confidence in his strength to raise his arms and block passes.

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2.22
A Defensive tackle can impact, coming off the line, getting into the backfield and raising their arms to knock down passes or tip passes. You have to have the strength to first engage and then use your arms to free yourself up, pushing forward consistently. Greg has good strength but needs to upgrade it to make this move, and once he gets that strength and learns those techniques, I believe he will become a more impacting defensive lineman then he has been at the college level. You can tell when a nose tackle/guard is an impact player. All you have to do is look at the amount of tackles the players behind him accumulate. In this case, I believe there is a linebacker and safety who led this conference in tackles at their prospective positions this year, as proof of Greg’s hard work. That only happens because of talent on the defensive line and Greg was that talent. He can pass rush and get into the back field to disrupt but Greg is a team player and knows that gap control and taking up double teams and pushing the pocket is where he can impact more for his teammates. Greg is the type of defensive lineman every team needs to have a dominating defense. He does the grunt work and he reminds me a lot of the Bills Kyle Williams. Let’s see if he has as impacting a career. I think he will


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He's a good football player. High motor guy, who excells in run defense. We'll be able to play him at nose tackle. I like the pick.



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Greg Gaines Joins Rams in 4th Round of NFL Draft

The former UW Defensive Tackle goes off the board with pick 134

By maxvroom@UWDP_maxvroom Apr 27, 2019, 10:56am PDT

https://www.uwdawgpound.com/2019/4/27/1 ... s-football

Former Washington Husky Greg Gaines has been taken by the Los Angeles Rams with the 32nd pick in the 4th round (134th overall). He joins Taylor Rapp on the reigning NFC champions who was taken in the 2nd round. This is the 3rd consecutive season and 4th of 5 years where a Washington defensive tackle has been drafted. And yet somehow UW went consecutive years without being able to recruit one...

Gaines has been a multi-year standout on the Husky defensive line while playing alongside such other studs as Elijah Qualls and Vita Vea before anchoring the line this season. He’s not much of a pass rusher but consistently demands a double team and freed up room for teammates to make tackles. The highlight of Gaines’ Washington career occurred this year when he came up with a diving finger tips interception against Stanford. Gaines won the 2018 Morris Trophy awarded to the best Pac-12 defensive lineman as voted by his peers.

This will be an interesting opportunity for Gaines as he’ll be able to play alongside DT Aaron Donald who is probably the best defensive player in the NFL. The Rams moved on from Ndamukong Suh this offseason which means Gaines will likely compete with Michael Brockers for the starting nose tackle spot.

This is somewhat bittersweet for Husky fans as now the following players are divisional opponents for the local Seattle Seahawks: Gaines, Rapp, Byron Murphy, Zeke Turner, Budda Baker, Marcus Peters, Cory Littleton, and Dante Pettis.

Congrats to Taylor and we look forward to seeing him represent the UW in the NFL for many years to come!



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The guy's a fire hydrant...plug up that middle brother.....now let's go after a ILB




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Rams select Washington DT Greg Gaines No. 134 in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Los Angeles Rams select Washington defensive tackle Greg Gaines No. 134 in Round 4 of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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First pick I have to question. Looks like a camp body to me. What do I know...




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Instant analysis: What DT Greg Gaines brings to Rams defense

By: Cameron DaSilva

The Los Angeles Rams landed their second Washington product of the draft on Saturday, trading up to select defensive tackle Greg Gaines 134th overall. With Ndamukong Suh on his way out, the Rams didn’t want to sit back and wait for a nose tackle to fall to them, so they moved up and got their guy in Gaines.

He’s a far different player than Suh, but he should be able to contribute fairly early in his career. He’s 6-foot-1, 312 pounds with slightly shorter arms, but despite being “squatty” for a defensive tackle, he’s a powerful player.

Gaines isn’t nearly as versatile as Suh and he won’t be able to line up at defensive end for the Rams, but Los Angeles won’t ask him to. His primary role will be to eat up blocks, be an anchor on the interior and open things up for his fellow defensive linemen, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

One thing there won’t be any question about is Gaines’ effort. He has as high of a motor as any player in the draft, always working to get off blocks and rally to the football. That wasn’t exactly the case with Suh, who had questions about his effort brought up during his time in Miami and even in Los Angeles.

His durability is not a concern at all, either. He played every single game for the Huskies the last four years, making 149 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and even recording 9.5 career sacks – 4.5 coming in 2018 alone.

His run-stop percentage of 9.8 percent ranked 10th of any player at his position in the draft class, according to Pro Football Focus, while also earning a pass-rush productivity mark of 6.5 – good for 12th.

The Rams needed help on the interior of their defense and they’ve found it with Gaines. He may not be Dexter Lawrence or Danny Shelton in terms of his size, but moving him off the ball is not an easy task for offensive linemen.

He improved as a pass rusher throughout his career at Washington, too, and he can expect to get better under the guidance of the Rams’ coaching staff. The tools are already there, they just need refining.

The Rams and their fans should be excited about this pick thanks to Gaines’ upside and ability as a run defender – Los Angeles’ biggest weakness last season.

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Greg Gaines DL Washington
by Drew Boylhart • January 10, 2019

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=534

STRENGTHS
Greg is an athletic big man who understands that his priority job is stopping the run. He has quick feet and good foot speed to pressure the quarterback. He has good lateral agility to stretch out plays allowing his teammates to make tackles. Greg understands gap control but because of his quick feet and foot speed you can run stunts with him forcing offensive lineman to double team him. He changes the line of scrimmage to his benefit on almost every snap and when he is double teamed his defensive teammates became dominating behind him. Greg shows leadership skills through his play on the field. Greg has the athletic talent and size to be used as a nose tackle in a 3/4 defense or either one on the DT’s in a 4/3 defense. On some downs he could even be used as a down DE in the 3/4 because he has good overall athleticism. The ability for Greg to play inside on the defensive line at different positions makes him a value selection for the team that drafts him.

CONCERNS
Greg has to get stronger in his upper body and use his hands better to stand up his opponent, take on double teams and shed blocks to improve his ability to make tackles at the line of scrimmage consistently. When he comes off with good leverage he is as good as any defensive tackle in this draft but he seems to lack confidence in his strength to raise his arms and block passes.

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2.22
A Defensive tackle can impact, coming off the line, getting into the backfield and raising their arms to knock down passes or tip passes. You have to have the strength to first engage and then use your arms to free yourself up, pushing forward consistently. Greg has good strength but needs to upgrade it to make this move, and once he gets that strength and learns those techniques, I believe he will become a more impacting defensive lineman then he has been at the college level. You can tell when a nose tackle/guard is an impact player. All you have to do is look at the amount of tackles the players behind him accumulate. In this case, I believe there is a linebacker and safety who led this conference in tackles at their prospective positions this year, as proof of Greg’s hard work. That only happens because of talent on the defensive line and Greg was that talent. He can pass rush and get into the back field to disrupt but Greg is a team player and knows that gap control and taking up double teams and pushing the pocket is where he can impact more for his teammates. Greg is the type of defensive lineman every team needs to have a dominating defense. He does the grunt work and he reminds me a lot of the Bills Kyle Williams. Let’s see if he has as impacting a career. I think he will
I will put it like like this.... Gaines probably has the best ever lining up next to him when it comes to upper body strength training, using his hands and technique in Aaron Donald. Because of that and if I were Gaines, I would be picking Donald's mind every chance he'd let me. Even try to become one of best friends..... I love the pick, and because of Donald (let alone good coaching) I think he far exceeds his draft position in the end.



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5 things to know about new Rams DT Greg Gaines

By: Andrew Ortenberg

The Los Angeles Rams made another draft-day trade, moving up with the New England Patriots. With the pick they added, they drafted defensive tackle Greg Gaines from Washington. Gaines was teammates in college with Taylor Rapp, who the Rams took in the second round.

Here are five facts to know about the Rams’ new run-stuffer:

1. He grew up in Los Angeles

Like new cornerback David Long, Gaines is a SoCal native. Going to the Rams will be a homecoming for Gaines, who grew up in La Habra and went to La Habra High School.

Notably, he went to high school with Kyle Peko, another defensive tackle currently in the NFL with the Bills. Gaines was originally committed to play at Boise State, but switched to Washington after head coach Chris Peterson left Boise to take the job with the Huskies.

Gaines wasn’t highly regarded coming out of high school and was ranked the 48th-best defensive tackle by 247Sports.

2. He just had a baby

It’s been a big month for the Gaines family. Not only did he just get drafted to the NFL, but his wife just had a baby last month. Colt Steven Gaines was born on March 25. He married his wife back in July of 2017. Luckily for Gaines, he’ll be able to raise his child in the city where he grew up.

3. He’s never been to an NFL game

When Gaines steps onto the field for his first game as a Ram, it’ll be his first time at an NFL game. Per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press, Gaines told the media after being drafted that he’s never been to an NFL game before.

As he points out, Gaines was growing up in Los Angeles during the days when it didn’t have a pro team. It’ll make the experience even more special when he walks out onto the field for his debut.

4. Gaines is a versatile athlete

Gaines might’ve made his mark as a defensive tackle, but he wasn’t always so one-dimensional. In high school, Gaines would line up at running back and take snaps on offense.

His high school team went 10-2 his senior season, so it’s not like they would’ve played him at running back if he wasn’t good. Football wasn’t the only sport he played, as he was also a star in track and field. In 2013, Gaines won the league championship in both discus and shot throwing.

Maybe Gaines can line up on offense for a trick play or two with the Rams. ESPN’s draft broadcast showed how Gaines is a prolific cliff-diver as well, so he’s clearly not afraid of anything. He and his friends do an annual jump off the Montlake Bridge, which is 46 feet above the water.

5. He won the 2018 Morris Trophy

Gaines won the 2018 Morris Trophy, which is given annually to the Pac-12’s best defensive lineman. The award is voted on by opposing players, so his peers clearly have a ton of respect for his game.

Last season Gaines played in 14 games, racking up 56 tackles, by far a career high. He had 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, while also adding an interception. He was selected to the All-Pac 12 first team for his work last season, after making the second team in 2017.

He was also an accomplished student, earning academic second-team honors each of the past three seasons. Gaines had a decorated college career, and hopefully he can carry it over to the pros.

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Now we need to get EJ Gaines back and we will be all set



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The #Rams really valued Greg Gaines - a favorite of Les Snead - as a true run-stuffing nose tackle who can play his gap and stonewall the run. As opposed to guys so focused on pass rushing it hurts their run-game responsibilities.

If the opinion of your peers matters, new #Rams DT Greg Gaines was voted by Pac-12 opposing players as the top defensive lineman in the conference last season.

New #Rams DT Greg Gaines on where he fits best: "Guard to guard. My sweet spot."

New #Rams DT Greg Gaines: "It's going to be amazing to learn from (Aaron Donald)"



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Wade Phillips to DT Greg Gaines: 'Ndamukong Suh left so you've got a spot

By: Cameron DaSilva

Ndamukong Suh has yet to find a new home on the free agent market, but the Los Angeles Rams are operating with the understanding that he won’t be back. They don’t have the cap space to re-sign him, and he’s likely looking to sign a lucrative contract one more time before hanging up his cleats.

In the fourth round of the draft on Saturday, the Rams moved closer to replacing Suh by selecting Greg Gaines out of Washington, trading up 28 spots to grab him. Suh isn’t easily replaceable and no one is saying that he is, but the Rams have high hopes for Gaines.

When Les Snead called Gaines to share the news that the Rams were taking him, Wade Phillips hopped on the phone. Needless to say, he hopes Gaines can at least help fill the shoes of Suh at nose tackle.

“We got a place for you. You know Ndamukong Suh left, so you’ve got a spot. We’re looking for you to get after it,” Phillips said.

Gaines replied: “Big shoes to fill, I’m up for it.”

Phillips has faith in the young defensive tackle, saying, “You can do it, that’s why we got you now, so we’re looking forward to seeing you. We’re excited about having you on.”

Gaines has a different build than Suh, being just 6-foot-1, 312 pounds, but he’s a powerful player who does his best work between the guards. That’s where he hopes to play with the Rams, too.

“I like head-up nose, three (technique) – anywhere on the inside between the guards. Anywhere in there. From guard-to-guard, I’m good. That would be my sweet spot,” Gaines said on a conference call.

Like he said, Gaines has big shoes to fill, but he has high upside and potential.


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A pure NT that understands and knows how to play run gaps. This is what the rams needed.



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Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller were on the NFL Radio Coverage--

Kirwan: Let me tell you about Greg Gaines----at the Senior Bowl this guy was a Fireball....a lot of these O-linemen who have already been drafted...he beat many of them every day...He is Kyle Williams style....explosion?...he was a HS RB and TE....here's his Weight room numbers: 600lb Squat, 425 Bench, 425 Power Clean....if you want a guy who is gonna play hard....he'll be in fights in practice every day.

Jim Miller: Big guy that comes with these explosion numbers: 30 on the Bench, 31 Vertical, 9Ft Broad. Jump...which puts him at 70 (benchmark number representing an explosive athlete)....This is an explosive dude. For a big guy he can move.



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The guy's a fire hydrant...plug up that middle brother.....now let's go after a ILB
Yeah, he is a solid, thick, relentless...run stuffer...

He reminds me of AD...along the same mold...low center of gravity type that can open up a can of whoop _ _ _...



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Good addition, rotational player at first, could develop into more. Rams needed a player like him, sure looks like a very good one.



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Rams entered Day Three wanting, and getting, Greg Gaines

Posted by Mike Florio on April 28, 2019

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With defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh gone, the Rams needed a replacement next to Aaron Donald. As they entered the third day of the 2019 draft, they knew who they wanted to fill that role — and they got him.

“The first priority was to try to figure out how we could get to a spot in the draft and draft [Greg] Gaines to fill the nose tackle-type spot in our base defense,” G.M. Les Snead told reporters on Saturday.

They got Gaines, at the bottom of round four. Still, Snead stopped short of handing Gaines the starting job.

“He’s going to get a chance to compete, but he is a guy that we identified that we feel like really will do a great job as a nose guard in our base package,” Snead said. “You look at a physical, stout player. He was an outstanding, productive player for Washington. But then when you get a chance to really watch the Senior Bowl, where he’s going against some of the best interior linemen in this draft, guys that we really thought highly of — I think you got a sense for what a competitive player he is. A guy that loves football, kind of in the mold of what you’ve heard us talk about.

“What Greg was able to do at Washington and then when you see the production he had at the Senior Bowl, that really is what we felt really strongly about. I think some of the things we talked about — how we get better specific to our scheme, but then also defensively in terms of playing the run a little bit better. I think that will be a key factor of being really stout inside and we feel like Greg will provide that.”

Gaines was asked whether he thinks he can play right away.

“I think so,” he told reporters. “I’m really strong. I got good technique, quickness, and I’m pretty smart. I think that’s one of my biggest assets. I learn the playbook fast and I’m good at studying offenses, so I think I can make an impact right away.”

He’ll be making that impact in his hometown. Because his hometown didn’t have an NFL team until three years ago, he’s never even been to an NFL game.

“My first NFL game, I’ll be playing in it, hopefully,” Gaines said.

The Rams surely hope so, too.



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Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller were on the NFL Radio Coverage--

Kirwan: Let me tell you about Greg Gaines----at the Senior Bowl this guy was a Fireball....a lot of these O-linemen who have already been drafted...he beat many of them every day...He is Kyle Williams style....explosion?...he was a HS RB and TE....here's his Weight room numbers: 600lb Squat, 425 Bench, 425 Power Clean....if you want a guy who is gonna play hard....he'll be in fights in practice every day.

Jim Miller: Big guy that comes with these explosion numbers: 30 on the Bench, 31 Vertical, 9Ft Broad. Jump...which puts him at 70 (benchmark number representing an explosive athlete)....This is an explosive dude. For a big guy he can move.
Ohhhhhhhh.... that's good stuff!!!!
This guy's far more than a fireplug who will just stand a center up.


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Gaines is a nice scheme fit for the defense. A lunch pail guy who doesn't mind eating up blocks. Brings some pass rush too. Can see QB's trying to avoid Donald only to have Gaines waiting for them.



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We definitely needed someone who specialised in run defence. Gaines looks like he has that in spades. It will be interesting to see if the lack of pass rush that Gaines brings to the table influences how much more 'special attention' Donald gets. I guess he was always going to be double/triple teamed regardless.

Dante Fowler will be a big player for us on D this season.



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RamBill wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:30 pm
Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller were on the NFL Radio Coverage--

Kirwan: Let me tell you about Greg Gaines----at the Senior Bowl this guy was a Fireball....a lot of these O-linemen who have already been drafted...he beat many of them every day...He is Kyle Williams style....explosion?...he was a HS RB and TE....here's his Weight room numbers: 600lb Squat, 425 Bench, 425 Power Clean....if you want a guy who is gonna play hard....he'll be in fights in practice every day.

Jim Miller: Big guy that comes with these explosion numbers: 30 on the Bench, 31 Vertical, 9Ft Broad. Jump...which puts him at 70 (benchmark number representing an explosive athlete)....This is an explosive dude. For a big guy he can move.
I was not really impressed with this dude but looking at those numbers I kinda changed my mind. We will see.



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