Gobbler Country, our SB Nation Virginia Tech blog, reached out to me earlier this week to ask some questions about James Gayle. I, in turn, asked them for some stuff they had written about him leading up to the draft. They pointed me to a couple of articles, and one of them included that video above.
Gayle probably would have been drafted had it not been for a labrum injury that scared teams off. Here is what he said after the draft:
So I don't get drafted because of a torn labrum I played with all year. I didn't even miss a series in the ECU game when I dislocated it.
So I don't get drafted because of a torn labrum I played with all year. I didn't even miss a series in the ECU game when I dislocated it.— James Gayle (@JGayle99) May 10, 2014
He recorded double-digit sacks in each of the last three seasons for the Hokies. The folks at Gobbler Country seem to think his best fit would be as a 3-4 end, but the Titans currently have him listed as an outside linebacker.
That article also points to his ability to play special teams. That is probably the best way for Gayle to have a shot to make this team- impress the coaches with his ability and effort on special teams.
The article linked above compares him to Jason Taylor. That is a bit ambitious, but hey, here's to hoping Gayle shows some Taylor-like abilities in camp and makes the team.