James Gayle


Class: Senior
Height: 6’3 1/2″
Weight: 255 lbs.
School: Virginia Tech

  • Third-team All-ACC (2013)
  • 2x Second-team All-ACC (2011, 2012)
  • 22 career sacks
  • 39 career starts
  • 2013 stats:  44 tackles, six sacks and 10.5 TFL

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Gayle accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • On Tuesday, Gayle got chewed out by his position coach early in practice, but bounced back knocking Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort on his wallet in 1-on-1 pass rush drill.
  • The former Hokie DE star injured his arm and missed the rest of Senior Bowl week, unfortunately.


Gayle played his entire career at Virginia Tech as a 4-3 DE.  He’s a relentless, effort player who plays the game the right way.  He never quits on a play, is nasty and physical.  There are others in this class that are more athletic, yet not as productive.

The former Hokie has such a great opportunity in Mobile to prove that he has that athleticism to stand up and play as a 3-4 OLB.  Hokie defensive ends have come into the NFL all having played in the Hokies traditional even front scheme.  Not many have made the transition easily, if at all, to the 3-4 OLB spot.  Gayle should be given that opportunity in Mobile and he has to make the most of it to show he has the slightest bit of scheme versatility.