Devin Gardner’s NFL Potential

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by guest writer Shaun Murray

We are just two games into the college football season, but the buzz is already starting to build up around new full-time starting quarterback Devin Gardner. After stepping up nicely in his five starts last season, he kicked off 2013 with an easy 59-9 win over Central Michigan and leading the way to a 41-30 victory over Notre Dame. Those who play fantasy sports at the college level are impressed with his eight total touchdowns, even if he has thrown three picks. With plenty of marquee games coming up on the schedule, Gardner is hoping to showcase his entire talent package all season.

Denard Robinson was the face of Michigan football for the past several seasons, but he was never considered to be a true NFL prospect. He was taken in the 5th round of the draft for his athleticism, but Gardner has always been considered the next NFL-level quarterback to wear the Maize and Blue.

The scouting report heading into the season was that Gardner has the arm strength to make all the throws a NFL quarterback has to make. He throws a good ball when he has time and when he has to improvise on the run. His size (6’4”, 210) is also something that scouts love about him, as he still has enough athleticism to move around and create plays with his feet as well.

Despite all the positives Gardner has, there are some things he needs to work on if he wants to start playing on Sundays. Most of them will come in time with reps, as he still holds the ball a bit too long and his mechanics can get lazy. These are easier fixes, so NFL scouts probably won’t be too scared off by these things.

As a redshirt junior, a successful Michigan season could shoot Gardner up the draft board enough to have him leave after the 2013 campaign. Right now, odds are he will stay in Ann Arbor for 2014 as well. He will have to have a truly special campaign to be a lock high in the draft. While he has a ton of talent, having two years running his own offense in college might be best. Daily fantasy sports players should definitely keep an eye on Michigan’s schedule all season long.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.