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2020 NFL Draft: TCU’s Jeff Gladney is an underrated cornerback prospect, top-40 player in the class

Only three FBS cornerbacks have played more coverage snaps (1,487) or seen more targets (232) over the past four seasons than TCU’s Jeff Gladney, PFF’s seventh-ranked cornerback and No. 34 overall player in the 2020 NFL Draft. The former three-star recruit and New Boston, Texas, native practically never left the field after redshirting as a true freshman (2015) and will enter the NFL as one of the more battle-tested cornerbacks in the upcoming class as a result.

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His career coverage grade (89.8) ranks ninth among all FBS cornerbacks with at least 1,000 coverage snaps played over the past four collegiate seasons (2016-19). He also ranks first in completion percentage allowed (47%), third in forced incompletion percentage (21.1%) and seventh in passer rating allowed (72.3) among the same group of cornerbacks.

Gladney’s high-end production and experience puts him in a league of his own in this class. He’s played over 250 more coverage snaps in the past four seasons than any of PFF’s top 10 cornerbacks in this class. He also has 42 more targets than any of the 10 cornerbacks in that span.

Name Coverage Snaps Targets Receptions Comp % Yards TDs 1Ds INTs RTG
Jeff Gladney 1487 232 109 47.0% 1427 10 66 5 72.3
Jaylon Johnson 1200 190 93 49.0% 1009 3 51 7 54.9
Bryce Hall 1156 184 90 48.9% 1160 7 58 4 72.7
A.J. Terrell 959 119 60 50.4% 811 9 33 6 76.7
Noah Igbinoghene 878 131 62 47.3% 869 3 43 1 73.6
CJ Henderson 834 110 58 52.7% 989 5 43 6 75.9
Jeffrey Okudah 817 113 47 41.6% 629 2 27 3 54.8
Kristian Fulton 809 110 48 43.6% 675 5 26 2 71.6
Cameron Dantzler 662 95 41 43.2% 562 1 20 5 44.3
Trevon Diggs 661 98 47 48.0% 578 7 30 4 73.4

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