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Chauncey Gardner-Johnson | Safety

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 208

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Florida junior DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gardner-Johnson (6'0/208) is coming off his most productive season of collegiate ball yet, having registered 66 tackles (9.0 for loss), three sacks and a pair of interceptions. He has been the definition of a ball-hawking safety during his time in Gainesville, picking off a total of seven passes in three years. While The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema was less-than-impressed with Gardner-Johnson's play in 2017, he has enjoyed the junior's work for the current campaign and writes that he could develop into "a mismatch neutralizer with size and athleticism in the slot in the NFL." Gardner-Johnson should be solidly in the Day 2 mix come the spring -- ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 4 safety in the class -- and Day 1 should not be ruled out with a strong evaluating process. Nov 27 - 3:04 PM

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Florida junior DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (undisclosed) will be available to play in Saturday's matchup with South Carolina.

Gardner-Johnson (6'0/208) was on crutches during the latter stages of Florida's Nov. 3 loss to Missouri, leaving some to question whether or not he would be ready for South Carolina. On Monday, Florida HC Dan Mullen said that while some players may be limited in practice this week everyone should be ready to go Saturday. Gardner-Johnson has started all nine games for the Gators this season, accounting for 60 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
Nov 5 - 7:59 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Ric Serritella lists Florida junior defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson as a prospect to watch in Week 2.

Gardner-Johnson will face off against Kentucky on Saturday, and it's an intriguing match-up that features several potential draft picks, as Serritella notes. He calls Gardner-Johnson a "fast, tough, aggressive athlete" that can anticipate and also makes plays on the ball. He's a former safety who converted to corner, so there's a natural physicality to his game that scouts will be sure to like, but he needs to improve his tackling technique according to Serritella. With a big junior year, Gardner-Johnson could jump up draft boards in 2018.
Sep 7 - 7:49 PM

Florida junior S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson transitioned to nickelback this spring.

"I’ve been making plays since I’ve been here. So, making plays ain’t no big deal. It’s just another position I’ve got to learn and get down pat," Gardner-Johnson said earlier this month. The 6-foot, 194-pounder is a top-flight athlete, registering 58 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack and a pair of interceptions last season. He's picked off five passes for his career at Florida. Despite his fine efforts a year ago, the Gators finished just 69th in total defense for the campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 30 - 3:16 PM

Florida sophomore CB Chauncey Gardner (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

Gardner suffered the ankle injury in last Saturday's loss to LSU. He recorded 12 tackles in that game.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Florida sophomore CB Chauncey Gardner has a missed-tackle rate of 47.8% through three games.

Oh dear goodness no. Back in the spring, ESPN's Edward Aschoff passed along that the Gators coaching staff was high on the improvements they were seeing out of Gardner. The athletically-gifted 6-foot, 194-pound sophomore still clearly has a glaring hole in his game, though, when it comes to sound technical tackles. As for what he's actually done on the field, Gardner has made 10 tackles while logging two sacks and a pass defended in three games this season.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 04:03:00 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that the Florida staff "was very excited about the improvement" sophomore CB Chauncey Gardner made this spring.

Gardner was an instant contributor for the Gators at nickelback as a true freshman last year. He shifted to the boundary this spring and looks like another potential Gator star corner. "Gardner played really well outside, improving his one-on-one coverage ability and according to folks around the program, he surpassed everything the coaches wanted form him in the weight room and when it came to getting stronger this spring," Aschoff wrote. "He's an athletic freak and could be a big-play machine (like he showed with two interceptions in the bowl game) for the Gators on the outside. Plus, if they need him to move inside at all, he can do that, too."
Source: ESPN
Tue, May 16, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Four-star S Chauncey Gardner committed to Florida in March.

Georgia, Notre Dame and Alabama were in play for Gardner's services. The 6-foot, 194-pound baby Gator found himself in a variety of defensive schemes at Cocoa High School, which should benefit his acclimation to the collegiate level. Scout.com's analysis team is high on his energy and approach to the game. "He flies around the field, he is vocal, and players gravitate towards him," the site noted. They also predicted that he'll likely see the field early in his career at Florida. ESPN 300 ranks Gardner as the 83rd best player in their rundown of the 2016 recruiting pool.
Source: scout.com
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 04:35:00 PM