Devin Gardner, WR/QB, Michigan – 2015


Was a redshirt senior.

All-Star Games: Invited to Shrine Game as a wide receiver.

Positives: As a quarterback, he came out of a pro-style system, so he may be more prepared to handle an NFL offense as either a quarterback or wide receiver. Has great height and good bulk for either position, with adequate hand size. As a QB: Has a fairly quick release and throws with good arm strength and adequate velocity. Is able to improvise on the run and moves around the pocket fairly well. Moves fairly well inside pocket. As a WR: Though he had a rough week at Shrine Game practices, he reportedly improved his hands during the week. Able to get pretty good positioning in red zone routes in the Shrine Game. Fights for yards after the catch.

Negatives: Turf toe in November 2013, missed bowl game and spring practices. As a QB: Below-average accuracy at all levels and on timing routes. Generally poor throwing mechanics and inconsistent lower body. Throws with a 3/4 release. Often throws off back foot – even under no pressure. Tends to chuck passes under pressure. Late to pull the trigger and shows below-average anticipation. Poor ball security – holds ball away from body when making moves as a runner. Sets up slowly in pocket. Dances too much behind the line and lacks decisiveness as a runner. Double clutches at times in the pocket. Locks in on receivers pretty consistently, and misses obviously better opportunities. As a WR: At Shrine Game practices, reportedly started off showing poor footwork and had hamstring trouble, having hard time boxing out defenders. Needs to complete his comeback routes.

Projection: Round 7. As a versatile athlete, he should at least get a shot in training camp at either QB or WR – probably WR.

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