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Jeff Gladney, defensive back out of Texas Christian University, is arguably the best fit for the Titans heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

In the mock draft episode of Titans Time, I chose Jeff Gladney for the Titans at 29 and explained why I think there is no better fit for the team:

Combine Stats

Jeff Gladney had a rather impressive combine, despite having surgery on a torn meniscus shortly after. Gladney recorded a 40 yard dash time of 4.48 seconds. This isn’t quite as fast as some thought he might run, and he didn’t crack the top ten among CBs. Gladney did make the top ten in bench press reps, though. He put up 17 reps of 225lbs to rank 7th on the list of CBs. Gladney also posted a 37.5in vertical jump and a 124in broad jump.

Athleticism and Instincts

Jeff Gladney is a quick and athletic corner that uses incredible instincts to break up passes and torture opposing quarterbacks.

Gladney displayed this athleticism during the combine. Broad and vertical jumps are an indicator of explosiveness, and Gladney proves to be strong in this category.

Jordan Reid of TheDraftNetwork does an amazing job of breaking down Jeff Gladney here:

https://thedraftnetwork.com/player/jeff-gladney/REsp9km7V1

College Career at TCU

Jeff Gladney finished his career at TCU with 5 interceptions and 37 passes deflected. One thing that jumps out to me is the fact that he needs to improve at catching the ball.

While an interception can be game changing, Gladney has proven that he can lock down a receiver and keep the ball out of their hands. While he only played the second half vs Oklahoma in 2019, Gladney played very well covering star wide-out Ceedee Lamb with limited opportunities.

Cons

There are many upsides to selecting Jeff Gladney in the first round for the Titans, but I would be a fool to say there aren’t some concerns.

Gladney can sometimes give receivers a bit too much on the inside. He can be way too forgiving sometimes and give up big plays. His hands aren’t the best, as hinted at earlier. There definitely needs to be some improvement when it comes to catching the ball. Lastly, one of the most concerning things to me when it comes to Jeff Gladney is his below average tackling. Thankfully, this is not a product of not having the “want to” that some players lack.

Luckily for Gladney, these are all things that can be straightened out with good coaching and hard work in the weight room. The Titans can provide the coaching that Gladney needs to propel his game to the next level.

Gladney would be a solid selection at 29 for the Tennessee Titans. Depending on whether Logan Ryan is signed back, cornerback is one of the Titans biggest needs going into the draft. Jeff Gladney makes perfect sense to fill that spot, and in my opinion, Gladney has the skillset and athletic ability to be a very good cornerback in the NFL. If he is available when the Titans pick comes, he should be heavily considered.

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