Bothered by ankle at rookie camp
Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-13
Gibbs suffered a minor ankle injury Friday and won't practice Saturday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
It's only rookie minicamp at this point, with the first set of OTAs coming May 23-25. Gibbs should be a big part of Detroit's offense from the jump, after he and Bijan Robinson became the first RBs since 2018 to get drafted in the first half of the first round. The Lions traded D'Andre Swift to Philadelphia two days later, completing an offseason backfield makeover in which they swapped out Swift and Jamaal Williams (Saints) for Gibbs and David Montgomery. It's certainly an upgrade in terms of athleticism, with Gibbs offering 4.36 speed and double-threat college production (2,132 rushing yards and 1,212 receiving yards in three seasons) while Montgomery profiles as a younger and more versatile version of Williams.
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Goes to Detroit 12th overall
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-27
The Lions selected Gibbs in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, 12th overall.
Backfield depth is nice, but with David Montgomery signed in free agency it's difficult to see how the Lions could make room for both Gibbs and D'Andre Swift in the remaining reps. Gibbs (5-foot-9, 199 pounds) is one of the most talented pass catchers the NFL is likely to see at the running back position, and with 4.36 speed the Alabama/Georgia Tech product is a threat to go the distance from any part of the field. In short, Gibbs is the kind of talent you make room for, and it's just about impossible to imagine the Lions leaving him on the bench very much. While his light frame makes Gibbs unlikely to log many 20-carry games, his pass-catching ability should make him a fantasy standout even on modest rushing volume.
Headed to pro ranks
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-04
Gibbs announced Monday that he will forgo his remaining eligibility at Alabama to enter the 2023 NFL Draft, Alex Scarbrough of ESPN.com reports.
Gibbs was one of the top players at Georgia Tech for his first two collegiate seasons before finding greener pastures and a bigger spotlight at Alabama in 2022. He logged 232 carries for 1,206 yards (5.2 YPC) and eight scores at Georgia Tech along with 60 catches and five scores on 78 targets. His breakout came in 2022 at Alabama in a better offense, as he took 151 carries for 926 yards and seven touchdowns and finished third among running backs in receiving yards (444). He will likely be the second running back off the board in April and projects as a late first-round or early second-round selection.