Devin Gardner QB Michigan #98
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Strengths: Combination of size and athleticism makes him dangerous when he leaves the pocket. Adequate arm strength. Accuracy is adequate when he’s standing in the pocket. Quick release.
Weaknesses: Decision making is still developing. Doesn’t look comfortable standings in the pocket going through his reads. Tends to lock on to a receiver. Does a poor job reading the defense after the snap. Struggles to react to the pocket collapsing while still keeping his eyes downfield. Made almost no meaningful development over his five years at Michigan.
As a receiver: Limited experience, but did haul in 16 receptions in 2012. Speed is modest, but he has the height to develop as a possession receiver.
Overview: Gardner has no future as a quarterback in the NFL. In five seasons as Michigan, three as the primary stater, he made almost no development in his game despite having some workable physical tools. His future in the NFL (if he has a future) is as a receiver. He played some receiver in 2012 (16 receptions) and clearly has the height and athleticism to further develop. He will have a chance to be a late-round selection as a developmental prospect.