Missouri Tigers defensive back E.J. Gaines (31) returns a fumble by Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (not pictured) for a touchdown. Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports photograph
HT: 5’11” WT: 195
Gaines had an impressive game against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, recording seven tackles, an interception, and a pass breakup. Gaines is physical defensive back that may be the one of the most underrated players at his position going into the draft.
Gaines is definitely one of the most highly regarded players in the East-West Shrine Game.
Gaines could go as early as the second round. He could even be a first-rounder if he was a little bit taller and improved his tackling technique. He is not afraid to deliver a big hit in the open field, but he doesn’t always wrap up when tackling, causing him to miss tackles on occasion.
Gaines is tough, speedy, and has great ball skills. If he can show better tackling technique in the East-West Shrine Game, it will go a long way in improving his draft stock.