Kyler Gordon is another cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft who is more potential than production right now. Rough edges aside, he's also a phenomenal athlete whose combination of skill set and versatility gives him a realistic shot at developing into something special, which is why he will probably be an early Day 2 pick.
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Kyler Gordon Draft Profile
Arguably the best all-around athlete in this draft class, Gordon is an explosive mover who showed signs last season that the game was slowing down for him. He has the length to be considered a true “big corner,” and he has track-star speed to go with incredible leaping ability. Last season, his first as a starter, he took advantage as teams tested him early across from Trent McDuffie, with a handful of pass breakups and two interceptions in an overtime win over Cal. He’s at his best in off-man coverage, but he’s very instinctive in zone, showing advanced route recognition ability despite limited experience. He’s aggressive in run support and a solid tackler; he’ll be able to line up outside or inside in the NFL.
Gordon is still something of a work in progress, especially when pressing receivers, where his hands are often late and he fails to reroute receivers. He sometimes gives more cushion than he should be giving considering his speed.
He’s a rising prospect as a rare athlete who’s trending toward becoming a football player. He has a four-down skill set and outside-inside flexibility, and he should enter the league as a quality No. 3 corner with the potential to become much more in another year or two.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd Round