Injury History: Foot Injury: Played Through Season With Pain (2018)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, West Virginia
Report By: Cody Manning
Deep Speed: 7.00
His quickness in open space is great, his agility allows him to stay attached to his man's hips, and he can stop on a dime to change his direction with ease. Very flexible as he is able to stretch his body out wide to get in the passing lanes for deflections. He has above-average deep speed, ran in the 4.4s, but he allows separation towards the top of routes when he is going against burners. His explosion allows him to succeed in clogging up lines. He keeps a great balance and rarely gets knocked off his feet.
COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.60
Man Press: 8.50
Man Off: 7.00
Hand Fighting: 7.70
Hips/Turn Ability: 8.00
Outstanding in press coverage, he will jam the receiver, he can turn his hips and is agile enough to keep attached to hips on routes. He is solid in off coverage but can allow inside releases and not react to the route quick enough. He does have his struggles in zone coverage if his instincts don't get him there, then he can allow easy receptions. A feisty player who keeps it up through the whistle and does his best to displace the ball. Could lead to penalties at the next level. Very fluid when he needs to turn his hips.
Closing Quickness: 8.00
Ball Skills: 7.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.00
His closing quickness is great, closes space in a snap, and it is a big reason why he had 10+ pass deflections in his final 2 seasons. Ball skills are good even though he doesn't have the interception production, but gives his full effort to prevent the reception. He can improve on his route recognition when he is in off or zone coverage. He can be delayed in response as they play develops.
RUN SUPPORT: 7.50
Quickness Upfield: 8.00
Fight Through Blocks: 7.00
As I have alluded to, his quickness in open space is great, he uses it to his advantage to get up the field. He doesn't back down from blocks, he might get pancaked or pushed back by stronger players, but his effort is there. He is a very good tackler, will break down, wrap up, and drive the runner into the ground.
In 44 career games, he amassed146 tackles (107 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 37 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble. Loves to thump, willing to hit, and doesn't back down from a challenge. He keeps up his play throughout the game.
His instincts are there, they show off when he is in press coverage, they can improve when he is in zone, it is all about him putting it all together. Based on the tape, he understands his role within the scheme, is a solid communicator, and offers plenty of experience at the position.
He is a very smooth athlete when he is in man coverage, he has the ability to turn his hips with ease and can stay attached to hips. His closing speed is great as it allows him to put himself in a position to make the tackle, deflection, or interception. A defensive coordinator will love his feistiness, he isn't afraid of a challenge and will go toe-to-toe with whoever he is lined up across. He is a sure tackler, rarely will leave missed tackles on the field. He has played in 44 games so he offers plenty of experience and should be able to work himself into a rotation as a rookie. He can play inside or outside, he has a chance to be an elite slot corner at the next level.
Because of his size, he does struggle with bigger receivers. He can lose 50/50 ball situations to them or they can block him into the ground, despite the effort he puts up against them. He tends to struggle when he plays off or zone coverage, he can be slow to react to plays developing and can allow inside leverage by the receiver. Needs more consistency with his pursuit angles, he could get more tackles. Tends to allow separation towards the top of routes, suspect to allow explosive plays. He could read his man's eyes more often, I believe he could improve on his interception number if he did.
Gladney offers teams a versatile cornerback that has plenty of game experience that can translate over to the next level. He has the ability to play inside or outside but would flourish as a slot corner who can matchup with anyone they want to line him across from. He is a feisty corner, won't back down, and is willing to come up to his somebody in the mouth. He may struggle with bigger players at the next level due to his size, but he will put up an effort which is all a coach can ask from him. In Year 1, he should be able to work himself into a rotational role, see a significant amount of snaps, and play more in the inside as a rookie. He could play on special teams if he is needed and I think he could be a great gunner on a unit. His floor as a player is a depth corner that can provide special teams value. If he can develop as a player, then by Year 3 he could work his way to being the best corner on his team's roster. He has the capability to play a role similar to Chris Harris Jr. if he does reach his ceiling. His ceiling is a Pro Bowler that can earn All-Pro honors if everything falls his way as a player.