Former Florida Gators star running back Mike Gillislee seems to be getting lost in the pre-draft shuffle despite a breakout senior season. It was reported last month that Gillislee would visit the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons for workouts, as both teams could use a running back in the 2013 NFL Draft. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the workout with the Rams took place on Tuesday.
Gillislee had a lot of pressure heading into the 2012 season, because he was set to be the focal point of the offense with Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel set to duke it out for the quarterback spot. Driskel won the competition, but everyone knew that all eyes were on Gillislee. In fact, the Gators were expecting an 1,000 yard rushing season out of him.
He delivered and thus became the first Gators player since 2004 to notch 1,000 rushing yards. Gillislee is a solid rusher who can make things happen outside and between the tackles, displays great patience in finding the open hole or seam, and he is one of the best pass blocking backs in this draft class. Gillislee can be had on the cheap in terms of draft position, and it would make sense for the Rams to draft Gillislee. The Rams are high on second-year backs Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, but they are also looking to draft an RB to add in a committee with those two explosive backs. Eddie Lacy seems to be at the top of their wishlist, but another consistent SEC back in Gillislee would also be a good decision. More importantly, Gillislee’s lower draft position would enable the Rams to target other needs in the second and third rounds.
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