Tay Gowan 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Name: Tay Gowan

College: UCF

Height: 6-1

Weight: 186

Overall Rank: 101

Position Rank: CB13

Strengths: Tay Gowan might be the third ranked UCF defensive back among many, but there’s a chance he could be the best of the trio. In his one year at UCF, Gowan only allowed 20 catches on 50 total targets. He did that in a scheme that executed several NFL defensive concepts like playing in press man-to-man coverage. Gowan moves well enough for a cornerback his size. He has a great combination of height, length, and size which teams will covet at the cornerback position. Gowan has shown a competitiveness at the catch point. He’s also shown the ability to time plays correctly which is important considering the lack of elite speed.

Weaknesses: Lack of game tape and level of competition is a big downside for Gowan. He doesn’t have any elite traits to his game. Lacks elite speed downfield and his shiftiness isn’t great. He could add 5-10 more pounds to his build to help his strength when covering bigger receivers.

What I Love: Gowan possess the attitude on tape to become a very good man coverage cornerback. As I mentioned earlier, he may not have anything elite to his game; but he does so many things on an above average level, he could wind up being a day three steal. Maybe, even a day two pick if a team sees what I see. 

NFL Comparison: J.C. Jackson

Grade: 74/100

Position Specific Traits:
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Athletic Ability: +

Man Coverage: ++

Run Support: +

Speed: +

Strength: +

Zone Coverage: +