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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Tay Gowan

  • The Draft Network
  • February 4, 2021
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Tay Gowan plays with average reactive athleticism, as evidenced in his short-area agility and body control. In the run game, he is sufficient as a tackler. He is a better, more efficient tackler with receivers. In the passing game, he is better from press than he is off. He struggles to mirror in off coverage and lacks the hips and agility to excel in this regard. He may have some upside as a safety and projects to have good ability on special teams. 

Ideal Role: Practice squad corner.

Scheme Fit: Cover 3 zone scheme.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: FAU (2019), Stanford (2019), Houston (2019)

Best Game Studied: FAU (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Houston (2019)

Man Coverage: He will struggle in man coverage if he plays off. He is slightly better in press situations.

Zone Coverage: He is an adequate zone defender and uses his length to get his hands on the football. 

Ball Skills: He has less than ideal ball skills and was in plenty of positions to be more productive in the passing game. 

Tackling: He is a willing run defender, but isn’t overly effective in this aspect. 

Versatility: He projects with the versatility to have value and be more effective as a safety. 

Competitive Toughness: He has demonstrated less than ideal competitive toughness both against the run and pass.

Functional Athleticism: He is just an average athlete, as evidenced in his agility and quickness in coverage.

Football IQ: He has less than ideal football IQ based on his awareness in pass coverage

Run Defense: He is willing to come up when he is the force player, but he is adequate at best as a run defender. 

Length: He has good size and length for the position, allowing him to match up with bigger receivers.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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