by Ryan Myers
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Today’s Spotlight - Oregon State, Tackle, Joshua Gray
Name - Joshua Gray
Pos - OT
Team - Oregon State
HT/WT - 6’4” 305 lbs.
Home - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Joshua Gray played his high school football at Rancho Cucamonga High School where he was a two year starter. Gray earned First-Team All-League and First-Team All-CIF selections in his senior season while leading the team to a 10-2 record and a No. 16 ranking in the state of California. Over his high school career, he earned 3-star recruiting ratings from Rivals.com and 247Sports, and a 4-star rating from ESPN. He chose Oregon State over offers from other power five schools such as Arizona State, Nebraska, Washington State, and more.
In his first year with the program in 2019, Gray played in just one game and redshirted. However, as a redshirt freshman in 2020, he started all 7 games for the Beavers and was named All Pac-12 Second Team. In that shortened season, he was part of an offensive line that helped Jermar Jefferson to nearly 900 rushing yards and five 100-yard games. These impressive numbers kept Gray in that starting role for the 2021 season. He started all 13 games and was an All Pac-12 Honorable Mention. The Beavers’ offensive line helped B.J. Baylor to a Pac-12 best 1,337 rushing yards, while also allowing the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 at 14.
In 2022, Gray once again started all 13 games for the Beavers and was again named to the All Pac-12 Second Team. His continued individual success and the success of the offense as a whole helped him gain recognition as one of the best linemen in the Pac-12, and gained him the attention of the NFL world as a draft prospect. Gray returned to Oregon State this season and has started every game so far.
Gray started 11 games for the Beavers until a foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Gray offers a powerful punch off the snap with heavy hands to knock defenders off the line. He uses his hands well when he is not reaching too much for his blocks. He’s adept at absorbing initial contact from pass rushers and rarely lets them knock his hands away. He plays with solid leverage and has the size and skill set that allows him to be moved around on the offensive line.
The concerns for Gray lie mostly in his ability to handle the quick edge rushers in the NFL. He uses his feet adequately, but his balance is questionable at times as he tends to reach out too much for his blocks rather than sitting back and reacting. If he becomes more patient and possibly improves his footwork, he will be much more equipped to handle these faster and more agile pass rushers.
Good, not great feet
Lacks patience at times
Joshua Gray will more than likely be selected with the intention of moving him inside to the interior line. He has the skill set to succeed at guard, but will most likely be a work on progress.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th round or 5th round