Alohi Gilman | Notre Dame’s Physical Safety

Coming out of Utah as a two star prospect Alohi Gilman started his career at the Naval Academy leading the team with 74 tackles. But Gilman transferred to Notre Dame after that year sitting out as a sophomore before earning as starting role and finishing with 94 tackles on a defense that helped the Irish make the College Football playoff. Now entering his junior year we take a look at Alohi Gilman and his traits to see what his NFL Draft outlook could be.

What Gilman Does Well

Alohi Gilman is at his best when he’s able to come forward reacting to the ball in front of him. Gilman gets a majority of his snaps from the box or close to the line of scrimmage and from there he’s able to quickly diagnose the play sprinting to the ball and showing physicality to make tackles. Even when lining up back deep single high or two high he shows the ability to take good angles to find the ball. In coverage he shows some instincts reading in breaking routes and then uses his burst and acceleration to cover up the receivers.

Concerns about Gilman

Gilman does not play much back deep in zone coverage really limiting what we can see of his range and ball skills. But that’s largely done to hide his deficiencies with speed and coverage abilities. Because of that he’ll likely limiting what he can do in the NFL. Gilman did show some ability to match up man to man but he doesn’t look like he’ll be able to cover many receivers especially going downfield.

Alohi Gilman NFL Draft Outlook

The days of the in the box strong safety are long over and players like that are often looked at as dime linebackers who tend to get drafted on Day 3. This has to be the hope of Gilman who looks like a linebacker playing safety but has shown to be able to make plays but he’ll enter the NFL very limited in what he can do. But Gilman should be able to be a core special team player and if he can work his way into a specialized role in hopes of sticking with an NFL team.

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