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Gionni Paul | Linebacker

Team: Utah Utes
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230

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Bengals signed Utah LB Gionni Paul.
Paul (5’10, 231) has several obstacles that block his chances of successfully navigating the metaphorical NFL river. First and most obviously, his overall physical stature is less than ideal for a linebacker. Arizona LB Scooby Wright -- drafted by the Browns at the end of the seventh round) -- is the posterboy for diminutive linebackers in this draft class and even Scooby has two inches and about 10 pounds on Paul. Add on a troubling speed aspect (4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash on his Pro Day) and you have the recipe for a tough uphill climb to contribute at the professional level. May 12 - 3:12 PM

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NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein hears that "scouts still have concerns about [Utah ILB Gionni Paul's] character."

Paul will be facing questions about his transfer from Miami to Utah. The 6-foot, 230-pounder started his career with the Hurricanes before transferring to the Utes after his sophomore campaign. As Zierlein notes, it was deemed a mutual split, but Paul himself has cited his time living "the fast life" as a reason for the Utah transfer. On the field, he posted a strong 2015 campaign, accumulating 117 tackles (13.5 for loss), three sacks, four interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles. Zierlein referred to him as "an interesting prospect" in late October due to his productivity despite a general lack of size.
Feb 18 - 10:30 PM

Utah senior ILB Geonni Paul was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation defensive player of the week.

Paul went off in Saturday's 34-23 win over Washington. The 6-foot, 230-pound senior recorded nine tackles, two sacks, an interception and also returned a fumble for a 54-yard touchdown. Phew. Not a bad day at the office. In late October, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein called Paul "tough and instinctive," though he did note that his lack of size will likely hurt his stock heading into the 2016 NFL Draft.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 06:23:00 PM

Per NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, Utah senior ILB Gionni Paul "is an interesting prospect, because he is extremely undersized but also extremely productive."

"Once again, Paul was all over the place for Utah, darting downhill into the gaps and attacking the line of scrimmage," Zierlein wrote. "His draft stock won't be very high simply because of his size as an inside linebacker, but he's tough and instinctive. At worst, he should be a priority, first-call free agent." The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Miami transfer's 8.3 tackles per game ranks seventh in the Pac-12. He missed five games in 2014 with a foot injury, so it'll be important that he remain healthy down the stretch.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Miami sophomore LB Gionni Paul has decided to transfer to another football program.

Paul was the team's third leading tackler with 61 stops. He started six of the nine games in which he appeared, so his decision to transfer is somewhat surprising. He will likely have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 09:45:00 AM