Representatives we spoke with from Gaither's camp last Friday were optimistic yet also realistic.
It was less than two weeks ago when Gaither officially entered the supplemental draft, just days after he was declared academically ineligible for the '07 season. On such short notice Gaither has had just ten days to train for his workout in front of NFL scouts. His main focus the past four months was trying to remain academically eligible and as a result, Gaither did not participate in spring ball with the Terps.
Gaither is projected to weigh in somewhere near 320-pounds on Monday, much lighter than the reports of his frame tipping the scales in excess of 340-pounds. His forty time should be in the low 5-second range. In the past Gaither has run as fast as 4.78 seconds.
The bench press is where Gaither may have a rough time and fall short of expectations. Twenty-five completed reps would be considered good at this point.
A number of league insiders we spoke with considered it a good sign the University of Maryland allowed Gaither to workout on campus and was helping coordinate his pro-day. The fact Gaither has not had a falling out with the school or team coaches is a positive in the minds of most.