In the 2007 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected three safeties. One was first round pick Reggie Nelson, another was a special teamer named Chad Nkang who played linebacker in college, and the other was fifth round pick Josh Gattis out of Wake Forest. After organized team activities that off-season, the Jacksonville Jaguars felt comfortable enough with their safety crop that they released veteran and fan-favorite Donovan Darius. The common belief was that Josh Gattis and Gerald Sensabaugh had shown enough in OTA's that Darius was expendable. Boy, we're they wrong. They weren't really wrong in the sense that Darius was expendable, as he retired after the 2007 season.
Josh Gattis however, lit it up in OTA's and looked like he was a steal of a fifth round pick just like his counterpart Gerald Sensabaugh. Once training camp began and the pads went on however, Josh Gattis turned into the invisible man. After making plays in OTA's, he wasn't noticeable in training camp. In the pre-season he went just as unnoticed, notching only 9 total tackles, 6 of which came in the fourth preseason game where he got the start. After being raved about all through OTA's he went invisible and then was released in final cuts. He signed on with the Chicago Bears practice squad and was activated for 4 games in the 2007 season, but hasn';t played a down in the NFL since. The word I remember hearing with Gattis was he was just too soft.
Gattis now works for Western Michigan recruiting south Florida.
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