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  1. #1
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    Draft 2020: Vikings Select TCU CB Jeff Gladney with the No. 31 overall pick

    Jeff Gladney
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    Vikings selected TCU CB Jeff Gladney with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    A four-year starter at TCU, Gladney (5’10/191) earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018 after allowing an elite 4.7 yards per target before taking a step back in his final season (7.2 yards per target) as a perceived one-year wonder. An instinctual player with plus athleticism — according to the Horned Frogs' training staff, Gladney squats 620 pounds, benches 400, and hang cleans 400-plus — he made a career in shadowing a majority of the nation's top wideouts as one of only two FBS players with at least 15 passes defended in each of the last two seasons. Still, the red flags are there: He'll be 23 on draft night, tore his ACL and LCL in his senior year of high school, underwent meniscus surgery this past offseason, and was scratched from the 2020 Senior Bowl due to a sore knee. He also disappointed at Indy's combine, running a 4.48 40 (he clocked at 4.34 last offseason) and sluggish 7.26 three-cone (13th-percentile) in front of league execs. Gladney may be forced into a sub-package role at the next level given his size, but he has the tracking skills and traits to eventually man the perimeter as a No. 2.

    Apr 24, 2020, 12:05 AM ET
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    Just realized that had the Eagles taken Jefferson, the Vikings very well could have taken Reagor.......and if they had, would've gone TCU twice.....a team that went 5-7 and didn't play in a bowl game

    Not sayin' anything...just sayin'
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiteWolf View Post
    Just realized that had the Eagles taken Jefferson, the Vikings very well could have taken Reagor.......and if they had, would've gone TCU twice.....a team that went 5-7 and didn't play in a bowl game

    Not sayin' anything...just sayin'
    Reagor I would have liked to because he reminded me of Harvin.

    W/L does not mean anything lol for college prospects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCU4LIFEGOVIKS View Post
    Jeff Gladney
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    Glad they got someone that Zimmer likes and got a few extra picks in the process.

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    Dane Brugler's write up:

    #3 corner, #29 overall.
    STRENGTHS: Quick-footed pedal to match receivers from press…above average speed with the wheels to recover in a hurry…athletic in space, controlling his throttle to stay within arm’s length of receivers…doesn’t have great height, but he has long arms…competes with the “my ball” mentality…always ball searching and does an extensive job playing through the hands and arms of the receiver at the catch point…no questions about his physical nature, getting into the frame of bigger receivers to win body position…good close on the football and arrives with violent intentions…physical tackler, dropping his pads and slamming his body into ball carriers with force…compiled a strong resume with 42 career starts with steady ball production.

    WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal height and bulk by NFL standards…prematurely opens his hips, creating more work for himself when attempting to redirect…route anticipation isn’t a strength of his game right now…late to adjust to route combinations, creating spacing issues…undisciplined with his downfield contact, making him an easy target for flags (drew three pass interference and two holding penalties in 2019)…kicked out of the Texas Tech game for targeting…usually gets his man on the ground, but not a fundamentally sound tackler…overemotional competitor, which leads to mistakes, especially in the heat of the moment…played through a meniscus injury as a senior, which required surgery (March 2020); tore his ACL and LCL in the first round of the playoffs his senior year in high school (December 2014).

    SUMMARY: A four-year starter at TCU, Gladney was the starting left cornerback in head coach Gary Patterson’s press-heavy scheme, often trailing the opponent’s best receiver. He registered more passes defended (43) than starts (42) over his career and was one of only two FBS players (along with Amik Robertson) with at least 15 passes defended each of the last two seasons. Gladney has the athletic movement skills to pattern match from press and instinctively plays through the hands of the receiver. He isn’t a technically sound player with a bad habit of grabbing and gripping downfield. Overall, Gladney is a scrappy, quick-footed athlete with an ultra-competitive play personality and if he can improve his route anticipation and be more subtle with his physicality, he will be a decade-long NFL starter.
    GRADE: 1st-2nd Round
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    I’ve read that we shouldn’t be scared off by his size. Example Terrance Newman. I just hope he can learn fast because of his age.

    My grade: A-

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    He shut down CeeDee Lamb to a tune of 2 catches for 16 yards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    He shut down CeeDee Lamb to a tune of 2 catches for 16 yards.


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    That's a bit of a reach to say that. Gladney only played the second half and didn't shadow Lamb. Lamb burned him from the slot for a wide open TD but Hurts missed him.
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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