SJSU DL Jarron Gilbert (College Football News)
Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson reports that San Jose State DL Jarron Gilbert will visit the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, April 2. Gilbert, who earned internet celebrity status by leaping out of a pool, is ready to make a splash in San Diego.
Jarron Gilbert (6-foot-6, 288 pounds) is one of the more versatile defensive linemen in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent his first three seasons at San Jose State playing defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. As a senior, he moved to defensive tackle and responded by posting 22 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.
That success has Gilbert feeling optimistic about his prospects in a 3-4 scheme.
"I felt good playing [end and tackle]," he said. "I’ve never played in a 3-4 system before but I feel I could be successful there."
Of course, Gilbert’s biggest success may have come on YouTube. He posted a video of himself leaping out of a pool and landing on his feet on the side. The video has been viewed more than 600,000 times.
Count Chargers scouts among those who have seen the video.
"Yeah, every single scout pretty much has [asked me about it]," he said of the clip. "That’s been the most popular topic in all of my interviews."
Gilbert has also helped himself during pre-draft workouts. At the NFL Combine, he recorded an impressive wingspan (36.75 inches) and showed good strength on the bench press (28 repetitions). He ran a respectable 4.87 in the 40-yard dash.
Prior to the Combine, he boosted his stock with an impressive performance at the East-West Shrine game.
“It really rose my stock,” said Gilbert of the Shrine game. “It showed people I could play at the next level. I believe it did. I felt successful that week at the East-West game and hopefully the scouts will see it that way, that it was a good week.”
Gilbert was prepared for all the pre-draft workouts. He was able to garner advice from his father, Daren Gilbert, who was an offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints.
Daren Gilbert was drafted by Bum Phillips, the father of Wade Phillips, who just happens to be the man who installed San Diego’s current 3-4 defensive system.
"Having a dad that played in the NFL is really helpful, especially when he’s around your life," Jarron Gilbert said. "He gave me a lot of guidance and has kept me level-headed through this whole process."
Gilbert is projected to be a second-round draft pick, meaning San Diego would have to trade to acquire him or hope he falls to the third round. He would compete for immediate playing time at defensive end, helping fill the void created by the defection of Igor Olshansky to the Dallas Cowboys.