Wide receiver Edmond Gates is scheduled to visit with the Cowboys on April 4th, the same day the Cowboys have another receiver, Hillsdale's Andre Holmes, in for a visit. New receivers coach Jimmy Robinson is sitting somewhere with a big smile on his face.
Gates was a big-play receiver at D-2 Abilene Christian (watch him here), whose exceptional straight-line speed saw him record 66 catches for 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010. He's projected to go in the third to fourth round, one knock may be his age: he turns 25 this year.
Gates was tied for the fastest 40 time at the Combine with 4.37, and at his Pro Day yesterday posted a 11-foot-2 broad jump, just one inch off Julio Jones' mark at the combine. The 6'0", 192 lbs. Gates also ran a 4.13 short shuttle and a 6.82 3-cone drill.
Here's Gil Brandt's take on Gates after his Pro Day:
During his individual workout, Gates was outstanding, looking more advanced than Bears WR Johnny Knox, another Abilene Christian alum who was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2009 and has done pretty well for himself overall in the NFL.
Gates is every bit as good as Knox, probably better based on what we’ve seen of him. The fact that 22 teams showed up to watch Gates work out tells you how good he is. It’s not like he was just an OK starter at a small school; he was a star. And he has backed it up in workouts. Knox’s success also gives credence to Gates’ ability