Who will be drafted first, TCU’s Jalen Reagor or Jeff Gladney?

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Jeff Gladney

If you’ve looked at just about any one- or two-round mock draft, then you’ve probably seen TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor’s name fairly high.

And it’s for good reason, as the 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior is expected to be one of the fastest players at the Combine and is considered a threat every time he touches the ball.

But he might not necessarily be the first Horned Frog drafted.

TCU has a few prospects in the 2020 NFL draft that are highly thought of in scouting circles, including defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, a junior who’s a possibility to go on Day 2 of the draft if he leaves school early.

But it’s veteran cornerback Jeff Gladney who might hear his name called first among the TCU contingent.

Gladney, a 6-foot, 183-pound senior, finished the season with 31 tackles, 1 interception and 15 passes defended, giving him career totals of 106-5-43.

Gladney recently accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

And many national media outlets are taking notice. The Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, for example, has Gladney going in the first round at pick No. 23 to Minnesota in his latest mock draft.

“Jeff Gladney is a tough, feisty cornerback with a knack for making plays at the line of scrimmage,” Miller wrote. “He’s more physical than many Big 12 cornerbacks and is sticky enough in man coverage to be a scheme fit in Minnesota.”

However, it’s a fairly deep class this year at cornerback, especially if the top underclassmen declare early. So it’s possible that Gladney could slide – and in the process serve as a big bargain for whoever drafts him if it’s outside the top several rounds.

Gladney is the No. 173 overall prospect in the Fanspeak-Steve big board and the No. 79 prospect in the Fanspeak-Jake big board.


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