Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines was drafted in the 6th round with the 188th pick.
Gaines will join former Missouri teammates Tim Barnes and T.J. Moe in St. Louis. He's MU's 1st CB drafted since 1984.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) May 10, 2014
A three-year starter from the Kansas City area, Gaines was a superb, steady member of the Missouri secondary. He's a strong, unafraid tackler with a nice set of hands; despite missing two games with injury, he finished his senior season with four tackles for loss, five interceptions, and three pass break-ups. He returned a fumble for a touchdown in the SEC Championship game against Auburn, and in the best performance of his career, he held Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, the seventh selection in the 2014 draft, to four catches and eight yards.
Drafting big cornerbacks is becoming a trendy thing with the success of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL; at 5'11, 195 pounds, Gaines is much more the old prototype. But aside from his size (still decent, not spectacular), he has no clear weaknesses. His well-rounded game made him a Mizzou standout. And while his return opportunities were limited in Columbia, he did score on a punt return as a sophomore and gained 44-yards on a punt return reverse as a junior.