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James Gayle | Defensive End

Team: Virginia Tech Hokies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 256

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Giants signed Virginia Tech DE James Gayle.
Gayle (6-foot-3 3/4, 259) is the nephew of ex-Bears Super Bowl DB Shaun Gayle. A 39-game starter for the Hokies, Gayle compiled 40.5 career tackles for loss and 22 sacks. He ran 4.7-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-2 broad jump and 37-inch vertical, displaying top-notch athleticism. A liability versus the run, Gayle is a speed rusher with a relentless motor who would work best in a rotation in the pros. May 11 - 2:49 PM

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ESPN's Steve Muench writes that Virginia Tech DE James Gayle is "tough against [the] run, showed good range chasing back into flat and good motor."

Muench's observations came after a film study of Gayle's work in the Senior Bowl. We already knew he had a good week back in February, as he impressed Executive Director of the Senior Bowl Phil Savage. "In an understated way, James just finds a way to get involved in the run game and as a pass rusher," Savage said. "He has better than average athletic ability, but plays hard and should be able to make a team in 2014 as a backup."
Apr 12 - 6:58 PM

Executive Director of the Senior Bowl Phil Savage believes Virginia Tech DE James Gayle will make an NFL team next season as a backup.

"In an understated way, James just finds a way to get involved in the run game and as a pass rusher," Savage said. "He has better than average athletic ability, but plays hard and should be able to make a team in 2014 as a backup." Gayle is a good athlete and possesses nice speed off the edge. He's also a hard worker who doesn't quit on the field. Evaluators, however, are spooked by his meager size. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler suggested last summer that Gayle might be a better fit as a 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker.
Feb 5 - 8:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler considers senior DE James Gayle Virginia Tech's top prospect.

"Gayle has very good speed off the edge to accelerate in a flash with the quickness and arm moves to get around blockers," Brugler writes. "He is a fluid athlete when dropping in space with excellent footwork to change directions quickly and keep blockers off-balance. Gayle is relentless and works hard to get to the pocket, but his lack of ideal size and length tends to show up too often as he can be easily engulfed by blockers." The draft analyst suggests a move to pass rushing outside linebacker next to a three man front, which would only add to his possible versatility.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Virginia Tech junior DE James Gayle announced he will return for his senior season.

Gayle has combined for 12 sacks int he last two season and added 17 pounds prior the 2012 season. We aren't sure if he lost quickness around the edge, but the entire Virginia Tech defense struggled this season. He could put forth a very solid 2013 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Virginia Tech junior DE James Gayle should return for his senior season, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper believes Gayle would get lost in the crowd among this season's crop of pass rushers. The junior gained 17 pounds last offseason and said he did not lose speed in the process. An uncharacteristically bad season for the Hokies in 2012 did not help his status.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 01:04:00 PM

Virginia Tech junior DE James Gayle recorded two tackles for loss, including a sack, Thursday against Florida State.

Gayle's sack occurred when the defensive end crashed down on the line and utilized nice closing burst when left unblocked. However, the slippery Manuel almost escaped as Gayle nearly struggled to change his direction at the tackle point. The junior added weight this offseason but continues to display nice straight-line athleticism, but we wonder if he is a bit stiff.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 10:17:00 AM

Virginia Tech junior DE James Gayle has gained 17 pounds in the offseason and reportedly ran a 4.44 forty in spring testing after weighing 267 pounds.

Gayle also recorded a 39.5" vertical jump this spring. "Just lifting and eating, it was like every other summer.. I've been grubbing," Gayle explained. Despite missing some time due to an ankle injury, Gayle finished 2011 with seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. He is still filling out at the position, but Gayle's offseason is a nice step in the right direction.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 12:00:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Virginia Tech junior DE James Gayle "could emerge as one of the top pass rushers in the draft."

After finishing last season with seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss, Gayle should be in line for an even bigger year opposite junior J.R. Collins. Brugler admits Gayle lacks imposing size at 6'3/256 pounds and needs to work on his counter moves, but has worked hard after receiving little interest out of high school along with possessing a natural burst and strong build.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 12:04:00 PM