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Tay Gowan could be the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 04 UCF at Cincinnati Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There are few players who get the label of steal of the draft each and every cycle.

Every team site thinks they get one and believe that their day three pick is going to be the steal of the draft.

Well, let me play into that theory with Tay Gowan as the sixth round pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

When I watched UCF it was to look at Aaron Robinson and Richie Grant, the two defensive backs with day two draft grades coming out.

2020 was a nice season for UCF, but 2019 was even better so I went back to watch some games in 2019 and someone kept flashing.

I couldn’t figure out who it was, who was this other cornerback from UCF?

This was the play that caught my eye:

As Crocker says, it was his patience and his footwork that caught my eye, so I watched some more of him.

Look at Gowan at the bottom of the screen. He is step-for-step with a double move, he stays in contact, he knows where he is at and where the receiver is. The easiest way to describe Gowan is he is smooth. He is smooth in coverage.

The smoothness is matched by his ability to consistently make plays on the ball. That is what makes Tay so special and why he could be the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft.

For those that have some questions about why he fell, including why he opted out in 2020, take a listen: