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Gaither impresses in workout

[UPDATE: Concern about Jared Gaither's left shoulder could impact when he is selected in Thursday's supplemental draft. A source tells me that there is a possibility that Gaither will need surgery on the shoulder, and that a determination on that can't be made by Thursday.]

University of Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who has been drawing lots of attention as the NFL Supplemental Draft approaches, worked out for scouts Monday.

According to's Len Pasquarelli, Gaither was impressive enough that someone will almost certainly take a chance on him in Thursday's draft.

Here is some of Pasquarelli's report.

The audition was attended by representatives from about half of the NFL's 32 franchises and a few teams. Atlanta and Jacksonville, both of which have indicated interest in Gaither, had multiple scouts at the workout.

One scout from an AFC team termed the workout "probably a little better than what we expected." Another AFC scout said Gaither "almost certainly" will be selected in the summertime lottery, which is limited to special-cases players and includes 10 prospects this year, and acknowledged that Monday's workout all but assured that.

Gaither essentially went through a combine-style workout, which included positional drills that were run by an Oakland Raiders representative. He was able to do only 15 repetitions on the standard 225-pound bench press, having slightly injured his shoulder last week while preparing for Monday's audition.

Scouts clocked Gaither, who checked in at 6-feet-8¾ and 324 pounds, at between 4.98 and 5.14 seconds in the 40-yard sprint. He posted a vertical jump of 31½ inches, a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches, a short shuttle of 4.49-4.53 seconds and a cone drill of 7.12-7.25 seconds. The short shuttle and cone drill are change-of-direction drills.

Of the 42 offensive linemen who ran the 40 at the combine in February, only four posted faster times than Gaither's. And only six of the 37 linemen who participated in the vertical jump recorded better efforts.

According to various reports, the Giants, don't appear to be one of the teams who might take a flier on Gaither.