(High Upside Potential)
(Instant Impact Potential)
PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
Outside, can play field or short side, scheme versatile (Man or Zone)
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
Christian Gonzalez is an experienced three-year starter. He transferred from the University of Colorado to Oregon before the 2022 CFB season. In the passing game, Gonzalez is a lengthy player. His athleticism stands out. Gonzalez provides scheme versatility. He has excellent closing speed, which is perfect for a zone-based defense. Gonzalez is excellent in press-man situations. He has no problem challenging a receiver at the line of scrimmage. His quick feet, hips, and fluidity allow him to stay in phase with receivers. He has the upside to be a lockdown corner who can take away half of the field. His game translates to the boundary side.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
In the run game, Gonzalez can use some improvement. He is not a total liability, but he is a leaner player who is sometimes a late reactor to the run. When he does arrive, he is a solid tackler who can make plays in space.
Christian Gonzalez has what it takes to be the top corner in his draft class. He provides the scheme versatility you want from a DB, with the length needed to defend against the NFL's bigger-bodied receivers on the outside. His athleticism is high-end. Anytime you can get a DB with excellent closing speed, a trait required to play at a high level in a zone-based scheme combined with the quick hips and the fluidity needed to stay in phase with receivers in man-to-man defense, you do not pass on them.
KEY POSITIONAL FACTOR GRADES
FBIQ (Near Elite)
Pos. Vers. (Good)