Photo of Ben Gardner
Drafted By: Cowboys
5.05 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 30 3/4" Arm Length
  • 262LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands



Good size and leaping ability. Plays hard, runs to the ball and competes. Tough and durable. Recorded a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and excellent shuttle times, posting a 6.98-second 3-cone drill time (that does not show up on tape). Strong tackler. Respected team leader and tempo-setter.


Has very short arms and gets turned and rooted out of the hole by double teams. Inconsistent pad level. Limited hand use -- struggles to disengage from blockers. Limited take-off speed and closing burst. Marginal quickness and body control.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A try-hard, overachieving, base end with desirable toughness, work habits and effort to earn a backup job. Served as an undersized five-technique in college and has the lumbering, heavy movement skill of an interior player. Has a frame that looks nearly maxed and would be most ideally suited as a run-stuffing, left defensive end in a "40" front.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.