Gareon Conley, CB
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 195 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st - 2nd round
NFL Comparison: Darius Slay
College Statistics & Testing Numbers
Gareon Conley has gotten consistently better since first stepping on the field at Ohio State. Over the past two seasons, Conley accumulated 13 PBUs and 6 INTs and made the second team All-Big 10 in 2016. His stock is rising after a very strong Combine performance where he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and 37” vertical to pair with a 6.68 second 3-cone and 4.18 second short shuttle.
- In ideal size range for an NFL corner with above-average length
- Great awareness of route concepts and possesses athletic ability to break on the ball to make plays
- Quality technique to box out receiver in press coverage and create difficult throwing windows for opposing quarterbacks (allowed 37% completion percentage)
- Standout receiver in high school and displays soft, natural hands to intercept passes
- Active and effective tackler in the run game
- Less confident in off-man coverage than press-man
- Can panic and lose track of receivers when beaten on initial release, allowing plays over the top without quality safety help (got bailed out by the excellent speed of Malik Hooker)
- Driven off ball when blocked by bigger receivers and tight ends split out wide
I think Gareon Conley is a top 15 player. His coverage mechanics are very, very good.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 6, 2017
Marshon Lattimore has dynamic speed, explosion, hips, but IMO his teammate will be the better NFL CB. Gareon Conley is top 5-10 talent.— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) March 14, 2017
Ohio State had Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore, and Gareon Conley in the secondary at the same time. Wow. #BIA— BuckeyesNews (@BuckeyesNews) March 6, 2017
ArDarius Stewart > Taywan Taylor— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 27, 2017
Josh Reynolds > Zay Jones
Gareon Conley > Marshon Lattimore
Dion Dawkins > Garett Bolles
How He’d Fit on the Redskins
There are a lot of talented corners in this year’s draft but I honestly believe Conley is one of the best. He has no major weaknesses in his game and has checked all the boxes during pre-draft preparation process. Contrary to popular opinion I believe he outplayed teammate Marshon Lattimore, a potential top-10 selection, in the tape I’ve watched of him throughout the season.
He would be a solid pick at #17 and a steal at #34, however it’s unlikely the Redskins go CB in the first round even though it could be BPA, as sources close to decision makers say that the front office believes in its current group of cornerbacks.
My hope is that a division rival (the Cowboys) doesn’t take him late in the first round as Conley could continue to develop into a really, really good man-to-man corner for years to come.