West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson is set to be hosted by the Eagles on an official pre-draft visit in Philadelphia, according to his Instagram page (hat tip @seaneham73). Gibson is one of 30 prospects who will visit the Eagles leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.
The 22-year-old Gibson measures in at 5-11, 191 pounds. In three years with the Mountaineers, Gibson put up 84 receptions for 1,898 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 22.6 yards per reception over his collegiate career is eye-popping. Gibson also has experience as a kick returner.
Philadelphia’s interest in Gibson was noted earlier this week by NFL Draft analyst Josh Norris. Gibson is reportedly one of about eight (or so) wide receiver prospects that the Eagles told Carson Wentz to study and give feedback on. It makes sense that the Eagles would be interested in Gibson due to his big-play ability.
Gibson ranks 17th on BGN’s list of the top 25 receiver prospects from this year’s draft class.
Shelton Gibson has scored 17 touchdowns in the last two seasons and averages over 22 yards per catch. He is an incredibly gifted athlete with speed to absolutely torch a defense. He is a very raw player, but it is hard to ignore or appreciate what he can do with his athleticism. He may be a project, but he could have one of the bigger payoffs in this class.
Sources Tell Us: "He will end up being one of the three fastest players at the combine. He's got ridiculous speed. He runs by people like they are standing still like DeSean Jackson used to do at Cal." - AFC South scout
NFL Comparison: Corey Coleman
Bottom Line: Gibson has good size and is an all-day field stretcher with blazing speed to climb over the top of cornerbacks quickly and the ball skills to finish the catch. While his hands can be a little inconsistent underneath and his routes are underdeveloped, his size-speed combination will offer a team a homerun hitter who forces defenses to keep a safety shaded his way. Gibson could be a low-volume, high-impact starter fairly early in his career.
Shelton Gibson’s spider graph. He reportedly improved on his Combine 40-yard dash time at his pro day (from 4.5 to 4.38).
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey - [Click here]
Washington WR John Ross - [Click here]
Alabama LB Ryan Anderson - [Click here]
Alabama LB Reuben Foster - [Click here]
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook - [Click here]
LSU RB Leonard Fournette - [Click here]
Clemson WR Mike Williams - [Click here]
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis - [Click here]
IUP OL Ethan Cooper - [Click here]
Connecticut DB Obi Melifonwu - [Click here]
Grambling State WR Chad Williams - [Click here]
West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson