Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #55 DT, #727/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: FA
2008: All-American first-team and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report...All-Western Athletic Conference first-team choice and named the league's co-Defensive Player of the Year...The team captain was also named the Spartans' Most Valuable Player...Started at his fourth different position during his SJSU career, taking over left defensive tackle duties...Recorded a career-high 52 tackles (36 solos), as he led the team, ranked second in the WAC and finished tied for 19th in the nation with 9.5 sacks for minus 74 yards...Led the NCAA and tied the conference season-record with 22.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 116 yards...Added five quarterback pressures, as he caused two fumbles and deflected three passes...Made 41 of his plays vs. the running game, holding the opposition to 39 yards (0.95 ypc) with no touchdowns and just four first downs, as he stopped ball carriers for no gain on eight attempts, in addition to making 22 tackles behind the line of scrimmage...Registered ten of his stops on third-down plays and one more on fourth down, as he also produced seven stops for loss inside the red zone...Gilbert played in 48 games at San Jose State, starting 14 games at right defensive end, 12 at left defensive tackle, 10 at left defensive end and two at right defensive tackle...Recorded 144 tackles (87 solos) with seven quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles and 15 pass deflections...His 22.5 sacks for minus 142 yards fifth on the Western Athletic Conference career list behind Jorge Cordova of Nevada (31.0, 2000-03), Brandon Green of Rice (25.0, 1999-2002), Travis LaBoy of Hawaii (24.0, 2001-03) and Garrett McIntyre of Fresno State (23.5, 2002-05)...His 9.5 sacks in 2008 tied Melila Purcell of Hawaii (2006) and J.J. Milan of Nevada (2006) for tenth on the WAC's season-record chart...Gilbert registered 42.0 stops for losses of 207 yards, breaking the old school career-record of 40.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage by Lyneil Mayo (1989-90) and rank tied with Nick Burley of Fresno State (1999-2002), Sam Rayburn of Tulsa (1999-2002) and Derek Kennard of Nevada (2000-03) for sixth on the conference all-time record chart...His 22.0 tackles for loss in 2008 tied Travis LaBoy of Hawaii (2003) for the WAC season-record...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 23 Sol-39 TT, 7.5 TFL, 4 SK, 4 PBU, 1 FF; Second team All-WAC...2006: 13 GP; 10 GS; 14 Sol-32 TT, 7.5 TFL, 5 SK, 6 PBU, 2 QBH; Started 10 games and played in all 13...Finished season with 32 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss...Led Spartans with 5.0 sacks.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 3/68 -- Jarron Gilbert, DL, 6-5, 288, San Jose State...Moved from end to tackle as a senior and had by far his best season, leading the nation with 22 tackles for loss and also added 9.5 sacks. WAC's co-defensive player of the year in 2008. Started 12 games as a junior with 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Had 7.5 tackles for loss and five sacks as a sophomore. Became a starter as a redshirt freshman. Has a frame to get bigger. Possesses excellent athleticism and his 4.82 40-time was the best among defensive linemen at the Scouting Combine. Also tied for the best vertical jump with a 35 1/2-inch leap. Father Daren was an offensive lineman who played four years for the Saints (1985-88) after being a second-round draft pick (38th overall). - by The Sports Xchange