Learn more about what the Chicago Bears draft pick can bring to the table
The Chicago Bears traded a future draft pick to ensure drafting Trevis Gipson. This is a player that Chicago Bears need to know. However, coming from Tulsa and being a fifth-round pick, there is not much talk about him as their draft pick.
As they enter the offseason, what are the key stats to know about Trevis Gipson?
3. 1,536 snaps played
That is a little more than Cole Kmet has played but much less than what Jaylon Johnson. Gipson is a redshirt senior but is still just 22 years old. He has a nice combination of experience while not being too old as a prospect.
46% of his snaps were as a pass rusher, while 54% were defending the run. According to PFF, he moved up and down the Tulsa defensive line as well.
54% of his snaps came lined up outside the tackle, although he did play on the left and right side. 22% of his snaps were right over the tackle, and 24% were between the guard and the tackle. He is a bigger edge rusher, at 261 pounds, and his run-stuffing is a plus. He was used as a run-stuffer often and slid inside at times to take on bigger bodies.
2. Pass rush productivity
Trevis Gipson posted 13 sacks in his career, eight to finish 2019. That came with nine hits, but a whopping 57 hurries. It is worth noting that Gipson got close much more often than he got home, but he also got close to more than a lot of his peers. If those hurries become pressures and sacks, the Bears have something.
Looking at the pass rush productivity rankings by PFF, you can see his pass rush success. He ranked 15th amongst draft-eligible pass rushers. However, only three were drafted after Gipson, and one just so happened to be Ledarius Mack.
However, the run stop run rate is where Gipson shines once again. He ranked third amongst edge rushers in that area, behind Anfernee Jennings, who New England drafted in round three, and Mike Danna, around seven pick by the Chiefs. On a per-snap basis, he has a better rating than Danna as well. This is one of the best-run stuffers in the class, and the best on the board at the time.
1. Trevis Gipson: 6’3″, 261 pounds
Gipson checks in a bit heavier than the average edge rusher, especially in today’s game, but he has an average height. He also has 33 7/8 arms, which is in the 66th percentile.
He did not compete at the combine but was one of the few players who was able to get verified times at his pro day.
Gipson ran a 4.69 40-yard dash, a 7.57 3-cone, and a 4.33 short shuttle. As we highlighted when looking at his comparisons, there are not many NFL athletes with a 3-cone that high to become stud pass rushers. They need more agility. There are a few examples, but all have gone in the first three rounds. No picks outside of 100 with his agility have been big hits, although an eight sacks ceiling with inconsistent play in between can be found.
Still, when you look at his production, and where he lines up and how he plays, he almost looks more like a role player than a project.
This is a player who will get on the field as a depth edge and set the edge against the run. He has power, strength, length, and experience. He is never going to burst and turn the corner into big sack production, and his best play will be clean up duty.
Still, the Bears desperately have needed depth at the position. They have Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn, so they do not need a starter with significant sack upside. However, to give these two rest on run downs is valuable, and the Bears saw enough value to add that type of low ceiling-high floor player in Gipson.