1st round, pick 29: Jeff Gladney CB, TCU
Dane Brugler recently talked about how Jeff Gladney may have turned some teams off during the interview process, but he is going to be one of the people that the Tennessee Titans front office falls in love with.
First of all, Gladney is the second most consistently productive CB in this draft class and it shows on film. When teams throw at him their passes end up in the ground or in Gladney’s hands more often than they end with the intended receiver. In fact, even when QBs throw it to players who Gladney isn’t covering, his instincts and football IQ can result in him breaking on the ball and making a play or being there immediately to clean up the receiver.
Second, Gladney is one of the best DBs in this class in terms of flexibility. It isn’t hard to imagine him coming into the 2020 NFL season as the Titans slot cornerback, but by the time the season is over he could be a matchup CB who follows receivers wherever they go.
Finally, the big knock on Gladney is his size at 5’10, but if you watch him on tape he easily hangs with the likes of Denzel Mims (6’4), Collin Johnson (nearly 6’6) and Allen Lazard (nearly 6’5) so what challenges does the NFL have for him that he hasn’t already seen?