NFL Nation: San Jose State
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Will Jarron Gilbert be a solid NFL defensive lineman? Rated as a third or fourth rounder, it'll be a while before we know.
What we already know is the guy is an Internet sensation. There has been plenty of buzz about this clip at the combine, and most people who watch it will size up the shallow end of the pool next time they have occasion to take a dip, just to get a more specific feel for what it takes to do what he can do.
(AFC South tie-in, you ask? None here. The Jaguars, Texans, Colts and maybe the Titans will be looking for defensive line help in the draft, however. But mostly, I just wanted to link to the video.)
Here's the relevant section of his interview:
So, is the YouTube video of you jumping out of the shallow end of a swimming pool for real?
I've become a YouTube sensation. How it came about was, one day our strength coach said Adam Archuleta could jump out of a pool, and everybody was super amazed. I went out there one day -- it wasn't that big a deal to me -- and I just went and jumped out of the pool. I found out that I could do it, so I put it on film to make everybody else believe me.
Where did you do that?
I did it at one of my teammates' apartment [in San Jose].
And there is another video of you benching on YouTube?
Just working out. Squatting.
You're a YouTube sensation. Are you going to be an NFL sensation?
Definitely [laughter]. Jumping out of the pool is cool and everything,
but being a good player is a little more important than that.
Jarron moved from end to tackle during his junior year. He has been rated anywhere from the second to fourth round.
His teammate, cornerback Chris Owens, is rated as a fourth or fifth rounder.
"I'm impressed and if I didn't know him I'd say, 'Oh my God,'" Owens said. "...He's been a freak athlete for years and for him to do that on the YouTube level and then come here and do it at the combine, it's fantastic from the program, as well as myself and [corner] Coye Francies and [receiver] David Richmond."
Did it here, I asked? They didn't find a pool to put him in did they?
"Do it here meaning workouts and stuff," Owens said. "I think he's going to do really good if he hasn't already."