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Devin Gardner | Quarterback

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220

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Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner wasn't invited to the combine.
Gardner could have used this showcase to prove to evaluators that his receiving skills were making strides. After switching to receiver full time this winter, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner improved throughout the week at Shrine Game practices. ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Gardner could be "a late-round pick" and a "developmental wide receiver." Feb 7 - 5:46 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper, believes this years deep WR draft class could push Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner "down a little bit" in the draft.

"But the thing that hurts him is the fact that there are so many wide receivers in this draft that are really good. I mean, it was a great year last year; you had 15 rookies that really were impactful at wide receiver, and you're gonna have a load more this year. It's a very, very strong, very deep position. Guys that are already proven entities at that spot. So that could push him down a little bit. Still a very draftable player." The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has the size and speed to potentially succeed as a wide receiver at the next level, and Kiper has noted in the past that Gardner could be "a late-round pick" and a "developmental wide receiver."
Jan 21 - 2:22 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner would have to be a "core special-teamer" while he "buys himself time to learn the position."

Mayock, of course, is speaking of Gardner's acclimation to receiver. Gardner passed his first test, improving at Shrine Game practices throughout the week and plucking a few balls during the contest itself, but he's far from out of the woods. The former quarterback's technique on the outside is shoddy, and won't be NFL field-ready by the fall, hence Mayock's belief that Gardner will have to prove his worth on special teams to make a roster in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 8:47 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner caught two passes for 20 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine game.

Gardner actually started out his career as a receiver before transitioning to quarterback, but this was the first time he had played significant minutes at the position since the 2012 season. He caught two passes for 20 yards (long catch of 11 yards) playing for the East squad on Saturday. There's not much we can read into this particular game because it's simply too small of a sample size. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and others have reported that Gardner looked a little rough with his routes during practice and is still working on the transition. Gardner wouldn't have received NFL-level attention at quarterback, but the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has the size and speed to potentially succeed as a wide receiver if he can acclimate to the position.
Jan 18 - 4:48 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner "was understandably rusty as he made the transition from quarterback to wideout during practice this week," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"But while he struggled on Monday, Gardner consistently improved throughout the week, adapting well to the coaching," Brugler wrote. "He fine-tuned his routes and showed better focus downfield to finish catches in contested situations, using his top shelf size/speed combination to create mismatches. Gardner could be a prospect who continues to gain momentum throughout the process as he makes strides at the new position." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was criticized earlier in the week for his slow position change acclimation, but he began to draw positive reviews as game time drew closer. Perhaps that short-term improvement will tease an NFL team into believing there is more to come.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 1:07 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner's "route-running is inconsistent, he's dropping passes he should catch, and he isn't using his hands well enough, whether it's getting off the line or creating separation downfield," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

The analyst went on to say that Gardner has a lot of work to do, but Muench believes Gardner made a sound decision in shifting to receiver from quarterback at the Shrine Game. "With 32 ½-inch arms, he has the length, body control and speed to make plays downfield and he's flashed the ability to high-point the football. He's shown that he can catch the ball with his hands away from his frame -- even if he isn't doing it consistently at this point -- and he's looked like he can produce after the catch when he catches it clean without breaking stride," Muench wrote. "It's also worth noting that he's benefited from the extensive coaching he's received this week, and he's given teams a reason to be optimistic about his progress by responding to that coaching in a positive way. (And it should be noted that he could gain a little extra value given he's at least an emergency QB option.)" The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner has improved throughout the week of Shrine practices.
Jan 17 - 6:58 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner has been battling a leg injury, reports NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Despite the injury, Davis thinks Gardner "showed improvement with each day of practice here at the Shrine Game." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has been drawing positive reviews from evaluators watching his acclimation to receiver at the Shrine Game. "I think he's going to keep getting better, too -- I would love to see where he's at with his progress in a month," Davis wrote. "He'll continue to refine his route running, and he's a smart player who's familiar with a pro-style offense. We'll have to see how he develops, but I've heard from a lot of teams that are intrigued by him."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:45 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "got better and better each day" at East-West Shrine practices.

My how the mighty have... risen. Gardner's disappointing career at Michigan was followed by a few rough days of practice in Florida as he attempted to shift to receiver on the fly. He persevered, and latter-week reports have been positively glowing. "Gardner has good, not great, speed but can be elusive and has good hands, especially for a guy who has been a receiver for only about seven weeks," wrote Mike Huguenin, a College Football 24/7 writer. "His size also is a big plus. He should become more acclimated to the position, and his pre-draft workouts could be quite interesting." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler echoed Jeremiah's sentiment on Friday, tweeting that Gardner showed "consistent improvement each day" at Shrine practices.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 1:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner impressed with "consistent improvement each day" at East-West Shrine practice.

"A talented size/speed athlete, the week started rough for Michigan WR Devin Gardner, but he impressed with consistent improvement each day," Brugler tweeted. The former 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner will have every opportunity to impress the scouts, the jury is still out for Gardner as a WR at the next level. Brugler wrote earlier this week that Gardner "did some things well and has the athleticism for his size that should translate well, but it will certainly take some time before he sheds the 'quarterback trying to play wide receiver' label."
Jan 16 - 2:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "is understandably still very raw as a wideout."

Gardner is hoping to make the NFL as a receiver. Perhaps you'll recall that he opened his career as a WR catching balls from Denard Robinson. Gardner first began taking snaps when Shoelace was felled by injury. A promising start derailed to numerous benchings. "During Monday's [East-West Shrine] practice, Gardner rounded off routes, dropped passes and attracted a good amount of attention from the coaches as they tried to coach him up," Brugler wrote. "He did some things well and has the athleticism for his size that should translate well, but it will certainly take some time before he sheds the 'quarterback trying to play wide receiver' label."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 7:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner is off to a "very inconsistent start" at Monday's East-West Shrine practice.

"Very inconsistent start for Devin Gardner/Michigan; very uneven start. A few nice receptions but a lot of drops," Pauline tweeted. The former 6-foot-4, 220-pound Michighan QB began his career as a starting WR for the Wolverines. Gardner hauled in 16 receptions for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns before moving back to QB to replace an injured Denard Robinson. While Gardner will have every opportunity to impress the scouts, the jury is still out for Gardner as a WR at the next level.
Jan 12 - 2:18 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner is listed as a WR for the East West Shrine game.

Gardner opened his career as a receiver with Denard Robinson at quarterback. He transitioned over to quarterback with Robinson injured and held on to the starting gig for some time. He was replaced at various times this season. Gardner has not improved as a passer, lacking ability when pressured and making poor decisions with the football. We are not sure a permanent move to receiver will be much better.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 09:23:00 AM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner will attend the East West Shrine game.

Gardner displayed a few bright spots during his time at Michigan, but almost none occurred this season. He split his time at receiver early on, and some might argue that is why Gardner did not develop as many had hoped. We doubt he earns a draftable grade.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner received a letter from Ohio State for his display of sportsmanship, while he consoled injured Ohio State's QB J.T. Barrett.

Rivalry aside, it was nice of Ohio State to show it's gratitude to Gardner. Ohio State's JT Barrett suffered a fractured ankle in Saturday's game.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 03:58:00 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 11-of-24 passes for 109 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 10-9 win over Northwestern.

Gardner did not throw for a touchdown in the contest. We're used to lackluster performances from the Michigan quarterback at this point. On the season, he's averaging a career-low 6.86 YPA. He's now thrown eight touchdowns to 13 interceptions. Despite a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, he's not on the draft radar as a quarterback.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:21:00 PM