Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Florida
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Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
Cocoa, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
210 lbs
30 7/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.92
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New Orleans
Saints
Round 4 ‧ Pick 3
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40 Yard Dash
4.48u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.03
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.2
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Heading into his junior season, Gardner-Johnson lengthened his last name from Gardner to honor Brian Johnson, or "Pops", who has been with his family since Chauncey was young. He played quite well with the new name, starting 11 of 13 games played and making 71 stops, nine for loss, three sacks, a team-high four interceptions and two pass breakups. As a sophomore, Gardner-Johnson started all 11 games for the Gators, posting 58 stops, six for loss, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. In 2016, Gardner-Johnson started as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor (team-high eight of his 32 tackles that year on coverage units), but eventually started three times in 13 games played. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, two of which came in the Outback Bowl. He was the game's MVP, becoming the first freshman to win that honor at Florida since Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Gardner-Johnson was a USA Today All-Florida selection as a high school senior at Cocoa High before going to Gainesville.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Big, athletic defensive back who requires tape study from 2017 and 2018 assess his optimal usage. Some teams will see him as a big slot defender who can blitz, support the run, handle zone duties or play man on big receivers and matchup tight ends. Others will see him as a Cover-1 high safety with the range and ball-tracking to take it away over the top. Gardner-Johnson is too often a step behind in his reads and reaction allowing completions that could be breakups. His versatility and talent could make him an early starter with a high-ceiling if he can put it all together.
Strengths
  • Frame is long, tapered and well-built
  • Smooth, athletic and agile
  • Impressive versatility to play slot, high safety and down safety
  • Eye-balance between his target and the quarterback
  • Easy mirror transitions from slot
  • Quality burst to close short and deep
  • Adjusts angles effectively to play the ball
  • 2017 tape shows high-safety range
  • Talent and size to neutralize mismatch tight ends
  • Above-average makeup speed
  • No hesitancy as a striker
  • Size and power to separate receivers from the ball
  • Quick to trigger and support the run
Weaknesses
  • Backpedal a little tight and upright
  • Footwork can improve in space at safety
  • Creates coverage holes with excessive drops from high-safety
  • Gets over-extended and will lose balance in coverage
  • May lack footwork and instincts to handle shifty slots
  • Over-committed and cross-faced by Georgia twice
  • Caught by bait-and-bite fakes underneath
  • On-ball production doesn't match the traits
  • Relies on athleticism over anticipation
  • Just a step late to jump the throw and challenge the catch
  • Troubling missed tackle total over last two years
Sources Tell Us

"Go watch the Florida State game from last year and that is who he should be in the NFL. He's fast and he will hit you. He's going to get cornerback love because of his size, but he's a free safety." - AFC Personnel director

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league