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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Positional ranking: #4

Big Board ranking: #52



Position: S

College: Florida

Class: Junior

Age: 21



Height: 5’10 7/8”

Weight: 210 lbs.

Arm length: 30 7/8”

Hand size: 9 1/4″


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.48 sec.

Vertical jump: 36.0”

Broad jump: 117.0”

Bench press: 17 reps

3-cone drill: 7.03 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.20 sec.



Versatile and aggressive defensive back. Plus athleticism with a solid overall build. At home in the slot. Elite reaction time. Great pursuit. Very aware and experienced in zone coverage. Identifies route combinations. Can jump underneath throws. Has smooth hips and above-average speed to cover ground. Tough and intelligent. Physical taking on blocks in space. Willing and effective tackler. Knows how to time up blitzes from the slot. Experienced in a variety of roles. Good ball skills and dangerous turning defense into offense. Averaged 31.8 yards per return with three touchdowns on nine career interceptions.



Could struggle in man-to-man coverage against NFL slot receivers. Better in traffic than in space. Range as a deep safety is average.


NFL comparison

Malcolm Jenkins – Similar to Jenkins, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has the versatility to play a variety of roles for an NFL team, including either safety spot, nickel, or even dime linebacker.



Overall, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a do-it-all defensive back that I think will be at his best as an underneath safety that can cover the slot in a zone-heavy scheme.


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