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2015 NFL DRAFT

Devin Gardner, QB

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 218 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
189125-6

Player Lowdown

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

STRENGTHS: Excellent size/build/athleticism combination for the position. Proven leadership skills, exemplified by being given the previously retired No. 98 jersey at Michigan in honor of legendary Tom Harmon. Gardner has NFL arm strength and the ball appears to jump off his hand.

Gardner has the athleticism to scramble and pick up yards with his legs.

WEAKNESSES: Upper and lower body mechanics are a mess and he often releases while off-balance, causing his ball placement to end up all over the place. He holds the ball too long and has struggled in the past with anticipating the rush and not recognizing his keys to find favorable match-ups downfield.

Poise and pocket presence is lacking at this point and he needs to do a better job working around the noise while keeping his eyes downfield. Without improvements as a passer this season, it's very possible Gardner will be evaluated at a different position with his size and athletic profile (17 catches, 268 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs in his career).

--Dane Brugler (8/4/14)

Player Overview

With an inconsistent-at-best run game in 2013, Michigan relied heavily on the passing game and Gardner stepped up with 60.3-percent completions, 2,960 passing yards and a 21-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But while the production was encouraging, his tape isn't as positive with a number of streaky tendencies that need improved in 2014 for him to be considered a viable draft pick.
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08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner, Michigan...In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. - Michigan football
 

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