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An athletic and quick player who has the size, speed and strength to be a difference maker, Gayle is a classic boom-or-bust prospect. Equipped with all the physical tools needed to thrive, the question will be if he can put everything together and become a standout player on the professional level. Gayle had quite a collegiate career at Virginia Tech, finishing with 22 career sacks and 40 1/2 tackles for loss. He then showed NFL teams what he can do at the scouting combine, posting some of the best results for defensive linemen in the vertical jump (37.0 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.27 seconds). Those performances alone should make Gayle a contributor early in his career on special teams. As an end, he must improve his knowledge of the game. Too often with the Hookies, scouts felt he thrived on natural ability instead of knowing to be in the right place at the right time. In the NFL, where both offenses and defenses are more complex and the level of competition is much higher, Gayle must expand his understanding of schemes and opponents. Because of the skills he brings to the table, some team would be wise to draft him in the middle rounds. If a talented defensive line coach can bring all of Gayle's talent out with him onto the field, he would be a steal.