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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
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42521-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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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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10/08/2014 - Hoke: QB Gardner Michigan's starter...Once considered the future of the program at quarterback, fifth-year senior Devin Gardner will be the starter for the present, beginning with Michigan's game Saturday against Penn State. Head coach Brady Hoke said Monday that Gardner earned the nod with his play in a loss at Rutgers. "I think as we continue, Devin will be the guy who will start. I think he had a good football game," Hoke told MGoBlue.com, Michigan's official website. "He did a lot of good stuff from playing the position of quarterback to his leadership. And I thought that was evident on the sideline. When the defense was out there after him and Nuss got together and did what they needed to do, he's one of the first guys up there cheering those guys on. And I think that's something that's special. But Shane (Morris) will be second, and then we'll go from there."

Morris' medical status is uncertain. He is with the team but after the team confirmed the sophomore had a concussion and high ankle sprain two weeks ago in the much-discussed loss to Minnesota that has some fans calling for his job. Gardner entered the loss to the Gophers in the fourth quarter. Saturday at Rutgers, he had two rushing touchdowns and went 13 of 22 for 178 yards and an interception. - The Sports Xchange

 

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