Two-year starter named First Team All-ACC in 2016 after making 52 tackles (six for loss) with four interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Earned Third Team All-ACC honors as a junior, posting 48 tackles (3.5 for loss), five interceptions and nine pass breakups.
One-time highly rated cornerback coming off a disappointing campaign. Aggressive in all aspects of his game, mixes it up with receivers throughout the route and effectively plays off blocks to stop the run. Quick transitioning off the line, stays step for step with opponents downfield and has a burst to the ball out of his plant. Tracks the pass in the air, effectively gets his head back around and positions himself to defend the throw. Displays both closing and recovery speed. Picks up assignments in zone coverage. Sells out on the blitz and wraps up tackling.
Gave up a lot of receptions as a senior. Played back on his heels and was late reacting to receivers’ moves and prone to blowing coverage assignments in 2016.
Entering his senior season, Tankersley was rated as one of the top three senior cornerbacks in the nation and stamped as a first-round choice. He comes off a difficult campaign where he looked terrible at times and moves towards April with diminished draft stock. He possesses the size and speed to start at the next level if he’s able to get his game back to where it was a year ago and improve on it.