Ben Gardner, DE

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mequon, WI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 262 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Gardner was named to the first team All-Pac-12 squad as a senior despite playing in just eight games. He compiled 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks while totaling 19 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked punt during the regular season.

Considering that he was an integral component of Stanford's success defensively the past three seasons, Gardner may have been the most shocking of the Combine snubs and he posted the most eye-popping numbers in retaliation, wowing scouts from all 32 NFL teams on March 20 with a 39.5" vertical and 10-2" broad jump after measuring 6-foot-4, 262 pounds. Those numbers would have ranked second and fifth, respectively, among all defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis in 2014.

Gardner is viewed by some as a 'tweener but he's shown the grit to handle remaining on the defensive line as well as enough fluidity and instincts to operate as a linebacker.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Aggressive take-on strength and physical hands off the snap. Versatile, spending time lined up at the 1-technique, 3-technique and outside as an edge rusher in Stanford's multiple front. Motor doesn't quit revving with ideal passion on and off the field. Some lower body explosion to burst out of his stance or cuts.

WEAKNESSES: Tweener size and lacks ideal length. Needs to do a better job shedding blocks and not getting locked up by single blockers. Speed and overall range are average at-best, struggling to consistently make plays outside the hashes - often a step late to the play. Doesn't play with twitch or suddenness, and takes a moment to collect himself when changing directions.

--Dane Brugler

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/231 -- Ben Gardner, DE, 6-4, 262, Stanford...A former team captain who played defensive end in college but could spin down to defensive tackle in the Cowboys 3-4 scheme. First team all Pac-12 in 2013 but saw his season end early because a torn pectoral muscle. It's also why he fell in the draft. Very athletic with 39 1/2 vertical leap. - The Sports Xchange


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