Photo of Devin Gardner
4.86 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 216LBS. Weight



Outstanding leader and willing to do whatever it takes to make transition to wide receiver. Thickness of frame to potentially out-­muscle smaller cornerbacks. Surprising smoothness releasing against press coverage at East­-West Shrine Game practices. Showed improvement with his routes as the week of practices progressed. High character in every regard. Ability to play scout team quarterback is a plus.


Very little experience at wide receiver. Has below-average speed and will need much more time and seasoning to run functional routes. Issues with drops and consistency of hands have been a problem for him throughout the offseason transition from quarterback.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Unlike former Michigan-quarterback-turned-running-back Denard Robinson, Gardner doesn't have the desired speed or quickness to fall back on during his transition to a new position. As a receiver, he is way behind and he will have to shine on special teams to have any shot other than on a practice squad in Year 1.
-Lance Zierlein
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.