Gerhart started seven games in 2009 as a sophomore at both center and guard before earning the starting center job in 2010 as a junior where he started all 12 games. He was named to the Rimington and Outland Award Watch Lists prior to the 2011 season and started all 13 games at center as a senior, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors.
Gerhart, who is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, is a tough, smart football player who scraps in the trenches and gets the most out of his ability. He has a questionable anchor to hold up against bull rushers and doesn't possess the strength to overwhelm pro defenders.
There is a lot of about his motor and overall effort, but Gerhart will struggle to crack the starting line-up at the next level and projects as a center-only back-up for a zone-blocking scheme -- borderline draftable because of his physical limitations, but will get a shot because of his overachieving attitude and pedigree.
Strengths: Possesses a filled-out frame with good thickness and strength. Has quick feet with good initial burst pulling and blocking in space. Technically sound with very good awareness and football IQ -- plays smart and understands angles and body positioning.
Aggressive and plays with a top motor -- very hard worker and effort player, getting the most out of his ability. Feisty and tough, playing through multiple injuries and refusing to leave the field -- tough as nails. Very good starting experience with 35 career starts (30 at center, 5 at right guard) with attractive pro leadership traits.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size and strength for the position with limited growth potential -- short and squatty. Has limited arm strength and struggles to sustain blocks very long. Has a light anchor and plays with limited power.
Plays stiff and struggles to block cleanly unless he can square himself to the defender. A short-area player with limited range and won't test very well athletically. Probably limited to center and won't be a fit for every team.
NFL Comparison: Tim Barnes, NFL free agent."
-- Dane Brugler
Possesses good enough natural bend, snaps and steps quickly in the run game and is quickly able to get into opposing lineman off his frame. Lacks the natural power to get much push in-line. However, he works very well in tandem, understands angles and displays the short area quickness to chip and reach another target off his frame.
Isn't real athletic on the move, struggles to get around from the backside and breakdown on a target in space, but can create a jolt on his punch in tight areas.
Lacks ideal length and really struggles to gain leverage in the pass game. Possesses a compact punch and quick re-coil, but in order to make up for his lacking length, he needs to get a bit overextended into contact and fails to stay on any blocks for long. However, he works hard in order to create initial space and then tries to finish.
Possesses only average lateral ability in space and through contact and isn't a great athlete. However, he keeps his head on a swivel, is very aware of the fronts and works well to keep the inside clean, work in tandem with his guards and pick up blitzing linebackers inside. Will give ground inside vs. the bull rush, doesn't have ideal anchor strength, but will drop his pad level and settle vs. linebackers and can stonewall on contact.
Impression: Gets the most out of his physical skill set, a productive overachiever and will get a chance somewhere as a free agent. But the cards are stacked against him physically when it comes to making an NFL roster."
Is tightly wound with average athletic ability at best and plays short-armed — is not explosive on contact, slips off blocks, and struggles connecting with moving targets.
Smart, try-hard overachiever with fringe talent who lacks standout traits."