PROS: Love the way he hunts for the football, even when lining up deep. Charges hard when firing downhill while showcasing the ability to take on blocks and play through contact. Physical and stout with excellent hitting power and contact balance. Motor is always cranked and he’s unrelenting in pursuit. Quick processor that understands where he’s supposed to be and gets there. Generally a strong tackler that arrives with good control and balance to square up ball carriers. Experienced playing on the second level and down near the line of scrimmage. Has flashed impressive ball skills and confidence attacking the football in the air despite modest production in that regard.
CONS: Modest range and isn’t likely a candidate for single high duties and he’s fairly conservative in split zones. Modest speed and quickness, unlikely to be much of an asset in man coverage from the slot unless he’s tasked with tight ends or running backs. Needs to avoid responsibilities that have his back turned to the line of scrimmage.
BEST TRAIT - Downhill Trigger
WORST TRAIT - Range
RED FLAGS - None
Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman is a heat-seeking missile when firing downhill and attacking the football. His urgency, competitive toughness and tackling skills shine when he’s playing forward while showcasing that quick trigger. He should be an asset playing closer to the line of scrimmage and defending short zones. With that said, Gilman does have some coverage restrictions on account of his modest range in deep zones and lack of ideal traits for man coverage reps in the slot. Gilman should be an exceptional special teams contributor while claiming a subpackage role on defense although there are some restrictions to how he can effectively be used in the secondary.