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- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 201 lbs
- College: Oregon
- Year: Sophomore
- Position: Cornerback
- Combines size, speed and instincts
- A freaky athlete
- Is extremely long and twitchy
- Has outstanding size and length. Prototypical size
- Has the make up of a #1 corner on a team
- Has developed year on year
- Supreme athlete who is athletically gifted
- Is both speedy and shifty
- Has the quick footwork to change direction
- Has substantial bend in his hips to get in and out of his breaks
- Will be an excellent tester through the pre-draft process.
- Is really physical
- A decisive, steady tackler who completes his tackles.
- Has good route recognition and incredible anticipation in coverage and in routes
- Is versatile but works best on the outside
- He has outstanding instincts. Plays with decisive inclination and has the intuition to read what is about to happen
- Reads to the quarterback’s eyes and is the first to react.
- Is patient enough to let the play happen before he reacts at the right moment.
- Plays with calmness, balance and control while also playing confident
- Understands leverage and uses his calm body control to dominate
- Reads and reacts extremely well
- Extremely flexible and fluid movement skills
- Active quick footwork
- Able to smoothly flip his hips
- Needs to improve his route recognition. It improved in 2022 but he still has room to grow
- Needs to keep tighter during routes. Has a tendency to stand off and react on certain plays
- Needs to play with more strength. Stronger receivers can shrug him off
Christian Gonzalez is an extremely gifted athlete who has a really physical and agile play style. He is a prototypical corner who combines size, athleticism, instincts and production. A transfer to Oregon from Colorado in 2022 has allowed him to gain more production and show his ball skills. A player who continues to grow year after year, teams will be happy with his development and should be confident they can iron out some aspects of his game. A member of Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List before the 2022 season, Christian Gonzalez has the athletic ability, size, physicality and ball skills to be selected early in the first round.
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