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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TCU CB Jeff Gladney

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TCU CB Jeff Gladney
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney (12) plays against Purdue Purdue during an NCAA college football game, in West Lafayette, Ind. Gladney was selected to The Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference team, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU Horned Frogs

Career Snapshot
Four-year starter who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and made 31 tackles with one interception and a career-high 14 pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and made 41 tackles (four for loss) with two interceptions and 13 pass breakups as a junior. Played the entire 2019 season with a meniscus injury that required surgery.

Positives
Slightly undersized cornerback with terrific ball skills. Quick-footed, fluid in reverse and smoothly flips his hips in transition. Engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route and plays physical football.

Sticks with receivers everywhere on the field, tracks the pass in the air and competes to break up throws. Quick, has a nice move to the ball and shows the ability to explode from his plant. Keeps opponents in front of him and works to defend the run.

Negatives
Lacks size and loses out to larger receivers and in battles. Not big or stout.

Analysis
Gladney comes with next-level athleticism, speed and ball skills, but his limited size and growth potential is a red flag. Gladney could line up in nickel packages at the next level for variety of schemes at the very least, and he offers potential in either man coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage.

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