Scouting Report: Chauncey Gardner, CB, Florida

Cocoa, FL | 5110 | 204 | 4.54E | 2020

A fast, tough, aggressive athlete who has demonstrated the versatility to play safety, in the slot but is best suited at his natural position of outside cover corner. Displays an outstanding vertical on film, possesses great ball anticipation and has performed best when the stakes are at its highest. Kicks it into turbo boost on interceptions and is a threat to score with the ball in his hands—the Gators have also tinkered with him returning kicks. If you’re not trying to figure out ways to get this player reps on offense then you are simply wasting some of his best talent—his acceleration, vision and patience on interception returns is incredible. A confident, brash young man who isn’t afraid to let people know how good he is whether on the field or on social media. He’s high energy all day, every day and carries around the ultimate swagger. Has a short-term memory and is a fiery competitor. His soundbites in a big city media market could make him a lightning rod for good and bad with reporters—big market teams should know that his comes with the territory. His personality could make for some headlines when he hits the big stage and bright lights.

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2016: Appeared in all 13 games throughout the season and started Florida’s final three contests against FSU, Alabama and Iowa… Began the season the season as a reserve defensive back, but ended Florida’s season as one its starting safeties… Led the Gators with eight special teams tackles, as he was a key member on special teams throughout the season… Totaled 32 tackles, three pass break-ups, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and a half tackle-for-loss.

High School/Personal: Played in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando and was named to USA Today’s All-Florida first team… Led Cocoa to a 10-3 record and reached the 4A state semifinals in his senior year.