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2019 NFL Draft

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

S/Florida

  • A
    6.60
    Projection
    Round 2
  • YearJunior
  • Height5-11
  • Weight210
  • Hand9
  • Arm30 ⅞
  • 40-yard4.48
  • Bench17
  • Vertical36.0
  • Broad117.0
  • 3-cone7.03
  • 20-yard4.20
  • 60-yardN/A
    YearGPCOMPATTPCTYDSYPATDSINTATTYDSYPCTDSRECYDSYPCTDSTKLTFLSACKPDFFFRPBUINTYDSPUNTSYDSAVGLNGFGMFGAPCTLNGXPMXPAPCT
    2016 11 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 3 3 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2017 11 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 7 2 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2018 13 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 71 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    TOTALS35000%0000000000001610.00.00001291860000000%0000%

    Strong Points: Good safety size. Feet, speed and suddenness of a corner. Asked to play a lot of man coverage last season -- and played it well. Instinctive with very good anticipation skills. Very good in run support -- takes on and sheds blocks and is a sure tackler. Good zone player with good receiver awareness.

    Weak Points: Need verified measurables. Plays too soft in off coverage, giving the receiver too much cushion.

    The Way We See It: Gardner-Johnson impressed while playing back as a traditional safety in 2017, showing instincts, range and ball skills. However, under a new coaching staff last season, he played more like a nickel corner, often lining up over an inside receiver. He has good man-cover skills -- more of an off guy than a press corner -- and for the most part is consistent in coverage. Gardner-Johnson plays an aggressive game, discarding blockers and forcing the run. He will be a deep safety in the NFL, easily capable of matching up with most tight ends. Has some positional flexibility but probably best suited at strong. Very solid Day 2 selection.

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