Tay Gowan, CB/UCF
Gowan sat at the 2020 season, but he has the size and athleticism NFL teams look for. At 6’1 and 185lb, he also has the size to become a tweener and convert to safety if needed. This is especially true because many reports state that Gowan lacks speed.
An instinctive corner, Gowan has enough length to recover when beat deep, and he has the strength to shed receivers’ blocks when defending the run. There’s a lot of potential with Gowan, and at 223rd overall, he’s a likely special-teamer during his formative seasons.
He has a lot to prove, however, with his best production coming during his junior college days. Gowan also has just one year of starting experience at the FBS level, and he must improve his mechanics. But with no real depth at corner, the Cardinals may have to thrust him into the starting lineup sooner than later.
Grade – B: Gowan is another candidate to fill a need at corner and he has the size to stick around. However, he lacks experience and speed. He may, in the long run, project better as a safety than a corner.