Skins Draft WR/RB Antonio Gibson (Memphis) with Pick #66

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With their 3rd round selection (#66 overall), the Redskins selected WR/RB Antonio Gibson. Gibson was a late bloomer, having an impressive final college season where he racked up 38 receptions for 773 yds and 8 receiving TDs, while also adding 369 rushing yds (11.2 ypc) for 4 TDs. Gibson also returned kicks for Memphis averaging 28 yds per return for a total of 645 yds, taking 1 return to the house.

Gibson has scored a TD in an eye-popping 14 career TDs on just 77 touches.

Vital Statistics:
Ht: 6' 0"
Wt: 228 lbs
40 yd dash: 4.39 seconds

April 24, 2020

REDSKINS DRAFT RB ANTONIO GIBSON ON DAY 2 OF 2020 NFL DRAFT



LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins selected running back Antonio Gibson in the third round (No. 66 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.


Gibson (6-2, 220) played in 28 games and made 11 starts with Memphis and appeared at both running back and wide receiver. For his career, he has registered 44 receptions for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gibson also rushed for 369 yards on 33 carries (11.2 avg.). He finished his career with 1,850 all-purpose yards (369 rush/834 receiving/647 return).


Gibson was selected the 2019 American Athletic Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also a 2019 All-American Athletic Conference first team selection as a kick return specialist and was a 2019 All-American Athletic Conference second team selection as a wide receiver. Gibson was also only the fourth player in American Athletic Conference history to receive all-league honors at two positions.


In his senior season in 2019, Gibson saw action in all 14 games making 11 starts. He ranked top three in the team in rushing yards (369), receiving yards (735), kick return yards (645), all purpose yards (1,749) and points scored (78). He had seven games with 100-plus all-purpose yards and posted a school-record for all purpose yards in a single game with 386 yards in a win over SMU.


Gibson, 21, attended Eagles Landing H.S. in McDonough, Ga. where he named the Henry Herald Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. He was born June 23, 1998.



NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF ANTONIO GIBSON


  • Gibson is the 486th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 37th third-round selection in that time frame. He is the 67th third-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
  • Gibson becomes the first offensive player to be selected by the Redskins in the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • Gibson is the fifth player drafted by the Redskins from the University of Memphis, joining RB Richard Williams (1983), DE Carl Taylor (1975), RB Danny Pierce (1970) and DT Will Renfroe (1954)
  • Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected a running back in 10 consecutive drafts, passing the team’s previous high of drafting a running back in nine consecutive drafts from 1983-91.
  • Gibson is the fourth player in franchise history selected with the No. 66 pick, joining T Morgan Moses (2014), DT Tracy Rocker (1989) and RB Mike Oliphant (1988).
  • Gibson becomes the third running back produced by Memphis selected by the Redskins in franchise history joining Richard Williams (1983) and Danny Pierce (1970). He would be the first wide receiver selected from Memphis.
  • The selection of Gibson marks the second-highest draft pick from Memphis, trailing only RB Richard Williams (No. 56 in 1983).
  • Gibson was Memphis’ sixth winner of The American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year honor in the conference’s first seven seasons, joining punter Tom Hornsey (2013), kicker Jake Elliott (2014-15) and return specialist Tony Pollard (2016-17).
  • Gibson finished No. 5 in school history for all purpose yards in a single-season with 1,749 yards.
  • Gibson did not record a fumble in his college career and he averaged 19.3 yards per reception.
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Post-Draft Antonio Gibson Comments

On whether he thought the Redskins were a possibility for him:
“I mean, I think I was clueless to everybody because I was just so far out there. I had a once-a-year production. It was good. I did good at the Combine, so I was getting a lot of interest for what I was capable of. It was all out there. I was getting a lot of phone calls, but it kind of shocked me when the Redskins called me.”


On how he views himself as a player and what he can bring to the Redskins:

“I view myself as a weapon. I’ve been playing running back and receiver my whole life. But not just that, I’ve been playing all over the ball. Offense is something that I’m very talented at. It’s always been like that since a young age, and I feel like I can dominate wherever they put me. So, you know, if they’ve got somebody in the backfield, I feel like I can help out at receiver. If they’ve got too many outside, I feel like I can hop back behind the center, behind the quarterback, and gunner – wherever you need help out there. Also, I could make a big impact on special teams, so I feel like I can be a weapon wherever. Just being that gadget guy – wherever they need me, I’m willing to go.”


On being compared to Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey:

“Definitely, I would definitely like to compare myself to him because he’s exactly like what I want to do. I want to be in the backfield, but also I want to play the game in the receiving game. I feel like he’s tremendous doing that, and that’s what I want to bring to the team. My ability to catch effectively and make plays happen and also be able to run and be able to protect the quarterback – just an all-around team player and an all-around back.”


On his pre-draft process:

“With the things I did, it was just all about being open-minded. You know, you had some teams – well, not even – but you had a few teams who wanted me to play receiver. It’s about being open. Wherever helps best for the team, that’s what I was going to do. If the Redskins want me to be a running back, I’m going to do it. If they want me at receiver, I’m going to do it. If they want me at special teams, I’m going to do it. So, it’s just all about being open-minded and being able to adapt, and that’s what I feel like I’m really good at.


On what his draft night was like considering the pandemic’s social distancing restrictions:

“It was interesting just having a select few people that are very important to me around. I think we had just under the limit – I think we had about nine people here. It still felt good. It would’ve felt good to walk across if I even went to the draft, but it felt good to me. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so I enjoyed it.”


On who was with him on draft night:

“Mom, sister, girlfriend, friends.”


On how he’s managed a unique pre-draft experience:

“Like I said, it’s the same thing with adapting, just being able to take things in and try to make them as easy as possible for me. I started getting phone calls from all over the place and none of them were really saying anything drafting me, so just being able to answer every call and if I didn’t then getting back to them quick, replying quick and being respectful. So, it was kind of stressful, but once I kind of got a hold on things, in a routine, it went pretty smooth.”


On where he feels he excels the most as a receiver or as a running back:

“As a receiver, I kind of like getting in space – you know, a post, a corner, anything like that, kind of taking the top off. For a running back – also the same thing, I like getting in space being able to make one person miss and getting vertical – so probably like a pitch or an outside zone. Those are some of my favorite things to do.”


On what he wants to improve on entering his rookie season:

“Just looking to get better wherever that is and wherever they need me at. And also, just looking to get myself on the roster. That’s the main goal for me. If that’s special teams where I get in first, then that’s what I’m going to do and what I’m going to focus on. If it’s helping out in the backfield, I feel like I can learn a lot from [RB] Adrian Peterson and also [RB Derrius] Guice. It’s looking really good for me, especially with the people in front of me.”











 

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