Chauncey Gardner-Johnson could end up with the Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 25 selection in this month’s NFL Draft. It appears they’re looking add to a defense that recorded 10 total interceptions last season.
According to Jeff Kerr of 247 Sports, the Eagles are “seriously considering” taking Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson with their first-round choice on April 25.
Gardner-Johnson worked out for the Eagles at Cocoa High School in Florida Monday.
Philadelphia Eagles working out Cocoa Alum Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. pic.twitter.com/X1HoZBlNi6
— Tiger Pride (@CocoaHighSchool) April 8, 2019
Gardner-Johnson made the most of his opportunities playing for the Gators the past three college seasons — notching 92 solo tackles, four sacks, and nine interceptions.
He has already met with the Eagles. The team interviewed Johnson at the NFL Combine and brought him to the NovaCare Complex for a pre-draft visit last month.
Forgoing his senior campaign, Gardner-Johnson would be a sensible option for Philly.
Jim Schwartz’s secondary has shown major lapses at times, and there is definitely reason to improve it. With no certainty of Rodney McCleod or Malcolm Jenkins remaining with the team beyond 2020, Gardner-Johnson is an answer in the long run.
The Eagles’ success has been fair when it comes to drafting defensive assets in recent years. They came away with Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, and Josh Sweat in the past two — all of whom have shown flashes already in their NFL careers.
Gardner-Johnson is the fifth-ranked safety available on the board, per Drafttek.