Five things to know about Redskins third-round pick Antonio Gibson

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

The Redskins added a versatile offensive weapon with the 66th overall pick in the NFL Draft when they nabbed Memphis' hybrid RB/WR Antonio Gibson.

Here are five things to know about the former Memphis wide receiver.

1. Gibson was a three-sport athlete in high school.

While football was the sport Gibson excelled in the most, the 21-year-old also starred on the hardwood and on the track. 

At Eagle's Landing High School in Atlanta, Gibson earned all-region honors in basketball and finished third in the state meet for the 100-meter dash. 

In football, Gibson earned the 4-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year award as a senior.

2. Gibson starred in junior college before heading to Memphis.

Before heading to Memphis, Gibson spent two years at East Central Community College. 

The hybrid wideout explained to USA TODAY that his grades in high school were part of the reason he was forced to head the JUCO route.

"It wasn't until my junior year I started getting offers but I couldn't accept them, or they couldn't officially offer them because of my grades," he said. "So, that's when it started clicking to me that I need this [college], and that's the reason I had to go to JUCO route."

Gibson earned all-state honors during his two seasons in junior college and chose Memphis over West Virginia and Mississippi State.

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3. Gibson's career at Memphis didn't immediately start smoothly.

After starring in junior college, Gibson struggled during his first year with the Tigers. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell considered redshirting the wideout upon his arrival in 2018, but he chose not to due to Gibson's ability to contribute on special teams.

Despite not redshirting, Gibson struggled to find his footing in the Tigers' offense as a junior. He finished the season with just six receptions for 99 total yards and two touchdowns.

4. While his official position is wide receiver, he views himself as simply an offensive weapon.

During his senior year at Memphis, Gibson had 71 total offensive touches. Lining up both on the outside as a receiver and in the backfield as a running back, Gibson's touches were nearly an even split between catches (38) and rushing attempts (33).

"I view myself as a weapon," he said. "I've viewed myself as a running back and receiver my whole life, but not just that but I've played all over the ball. I feel like I can dominate wherever they put me."

During a Zoom conference call with local media, head coach Ron Rivera expressed that Gibson is a player the Redskins feel they can get an immediate impact from, whether that be on offense or special teams.

"Wherever they need me, I'm willing to go," Gibson said.

5. He wasn't expecting to come to the Redskins

In his post-draft conference call with local media, Gibson said that he understood he could land with any team based on his expected draft position.

However, he admitted he was kind of surprised the Redskins were the team to draft him.

"I did [well] at the Combine, so I was getting a lot of interest," he said. "I was getting a lot of phone calls, but kind of shocked when the Redskins called me."

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