Per the bombers Darren Cameron:
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TRADE: #Bomber have acquired INT defensive lineman Thaddeus Gibson from Toronto, in exchange for INT defensive back Alex Suber.
New DL for a decent DB who couldn't crack the lineup. Suber gets reunited with Tim Burke.
Some skinny on the new DL:
Thaddeus Gibson 6'2, 243 pounds | Outside linebacker | Ohio State
Strengths: Has very good quickness off the snap. Builds on his quickness around the edge and is a dangerous closer. Gets really low on his pass rush to move under the tackle. Works really well to the inside on stunts because of his athleticism. Can start and stop on a dime. Makes a lot of plays in the backfield. Good tackler. He's not the biggest player, but he's stronger than his size suggests. He has enough power to hold his spot on the line.
Weaknesses: Will need to shift from college defensive end to pro outside linebacker. Even though he started his college career at linebacker, there may be some period of adjustment, particularly in his technique. Has already put 35 pounds onto his frame since starting college and may be maxed out. Shows some poor run recognition skills and at times looks uninterested. Bites a lot on misdirection. may struggle to learn a playbook – needed a teammate to move him to the correct gap too often.
Final word: Gibson was a surprise early entrant in the draft. At this point in his development, he may purely be a pass rusher. He struggles reading run keys and is an unknown in pass coverage. He's almost exclusively a 3-4 linebacker and will need to be coached up.
Very versatile defender. Projects very well to a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has experience starting at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay while flowing to the ball. Excellent instincts. Solid tackler. Explosive first step when rushing the passer. Can flow through traffic to the ball. Does a nice job reading screens and play actions. Appears quicker than fast on tape and has pretty good range for coverage. Played a lot of special teams.
Doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves. While he’s a reliable tackler, he’s not a big hitter. Will take poor angles in pursuit. Straight line speed is only adequate. Needs to further develop and could have used another year at the college level. Only average coverage ability. Can get over-aggressive at times and over-run the play.
Gibson is a guy that will immediately come in and play special teams for an NFL team and could see time as a situational player at first. He needs to further develop his pass rush technique but I could easily see a 3-4 team drafting him earlier than his grade suggests. Gibson has very high potential and if he develops, he could be a nice outside backer for a 3-4 defense. Could also project as a will linebacker in a 4-3 defense, but will need to work on his skills in coverage.