Weight: 183 lbs.
Jeff Gladney is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft class, as his ball skills, instincts and athleticism stand out on his tape. He has a knack for making huge, game-shifting plays, and he’s a strong tackler both inside and on the perimeter. He’s quick and fast, which helped him stay with receivers playing in explosive Big 12 offenses. Gladney is a great cover corner who should be able to stay with most receivers at the next level.
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Like many young corners, not drawing penalty flags by remaining disciplined and calm is an area where Gladney could improve, as pass interference penalties are much more costly in the NFL than in college. He also hasn’t yet proven to be a cornerback teams would feel comfortable leaving on an island without help from a safety over top, and turning deflections into interceptions could also be crucial in Gladney realizing his potential.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Washington ranked 18th in pass defense this past season, surrendering 238.9 yards per game against opposing quarterbacks. Gladney could be an impact player early on for the Redskins’ weak secondary, and reversing the fortunes of the team’s back end could be the key to turning around the defense. The Redskins currently don’t have a second round pick, but that could change, and if Gladney isn’t snatched up at the end of the first round, he would be a smart choice in the early- to mid-second round.
Jeff Gladney is an athletic playmaker who’s great in coverage, and if Washington can navigate the draft board well and get him, he could be an impact starter early in his career.
Projected Round: 2nd