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Buffalo Bills hosted S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on pre-draft visit

The big safety is known for his ability to cover a lot of ground and blitz the quarterback.

The Buffalo Bills used one of their 30 pre-draft visits leading up to this month’s NFL Draft on safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from the University of Florida.

According to Josh Norris of NBC Sports and rotoworld.com, Gardner-Johnson, who is a projected second-round pick, met with Buffalo’s brass on Wednesday leading up to April’s NFL Draft.

Gardner-Johnson is coming off a junior season in Gainesville that saw him start 11 of a possible 13 games and make 71 tackles (nine for a loss) to go with a team-best four interceptions, three sacks, and two pass breakups. For his Florida career, Gardner-Johnson racked up 161 tackles with nine interceptions, 12 passes defended, and four sacks.

Listed at 5’11” and 210 lbs, Gardner-Johnson is known for his ability to cover a lot of ground in coverage. He ran a 4.48-second 40 at the NFL Combine.

“Speed in pursuit and ability to open up and run is noticeable on tape, could see that range as a deep safety,” said Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network.

A tall and athletic slot defender who is adept at stopping the run and blitzing, Gardner-Jones is talented in both zone coverage or playing man-to-man, according to Lance Zierlein, NFL Draft analyst for NFL.com.

“Gardner-Johnson is too often a step behind in his reads and reaction allowing completions that could be breakups. His versatility and talent could make him an early starter with a high-ceiling if he can put it all together,” said Zierlein.

During his freshman season, Gardner-Johnson earned MVP of the Outback Bowl with two interceptions, becoming the first Florida freshman to earn that honor since Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.