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Jon Gaines II - G UCLA 2023 NFL Draft

Jon Gaines II - G UCLA

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Gaines was a three-star recruit from Marquette University High School in the Milwaukee area. He redshirted in his first season with the Bruins, playing in one game in 2018. He earned an increased role at right guard in 2019, making one start in 12 games. Gaines started four of seven games played at the position in 2020 and started all 12 contests in 2021, showing versatility by lining up for the first two contests at center, one game at right tackle and nine others at right guard. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference selection as a senior, starting all 13 games at right guard.

Scouting Report

Move-blocking guard whose athleticism doesn't guarantee consistent body control or balance in his play. Gaines is highly intelligent with a clear understanding of his duties on every snap. His hand placement can be a little sloppy, which diminishes his block sustain in the run game. While Gaines moves well as a run blocker, he struggles to stay under control and in front of opponents while mirroring. Gaines has the mental makeup coaches will like, but he needs to upgrade his protection technique and improve his core strength. He has backup guard/center potential.