Seattle Seahawks 7-Round 2020 Mock Draft: Boosting the pass rush

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Jeff Gladney 2020 NFL Draft
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Round 1, No. 27 Overall: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

We discussed on the previous slide how the cornerback position isn’t the greatest heading into 2020. Right now, the Seattle Seahawks have Shaquill Griffin, Trey Flowers, and Ugo Amadi under contract for next year. While Griffin has shown some flashes, and Flowers and Amadi are developing, finding someone to play right away needs to be a priority.

That’s where Jeff Gladney comes in. Gladney isn’t a consensus first-round prospect, but that could change after the 2020 NFL Draft process, starting with next week. Gladney will be down in Mobile to showcase his skills, and teams will be eager to see him in one-on-ones.

What does Gladney bring to the table as a prospect? For one, he has the versatility to play in the slot or on the outside. He has great footwork and hips to change direction laterally and flip his hips to chase receivers downfield. Gladney also has the speed to stay with receivers vertically. Finally, he has very good ball skills. He logged 26 pass breakups in his last two seasons at TCU.

The Seahawks can start by playing Gladney in the slot, and work him on the outside when necessary. The key is that he will be on the field from the jump and can provide some stability in the secondary.