Sunday, June 2, 2013
Gut Check - The Monumental Task Before Devin Gardner
Finally in addition to replacing a legend, playing for a coach who won't tolerate losing and bearing the unrealistic expectations of a fanbase who may not know it isn't 1997 anymore; Gardner will also be fighting for his right to play football on Sundays. Devin's 6'4", 205 lb frame will bring all the scouts to the yard but it's his cannon arm and ability to make any throw in the playbook that will keep NFL personnel types watching. In order to advance to the next level Gardner will need to exhibit improved body mechanics, footwork and decision making on a weekly basis this fall. If he can show scouts what they want to see, Gardner has the arm and body to be a first round draft pick. If not? Better physical specimens than Devin have gone undrafted due to mental or mechanical issues in the past. Unfortunately sitting behind Robinson has done him no favors in that regard; even after the NCAA granted Devin a medical hardship he has a maximum of two years to prove he belongs in the NFL.
- Sportsball Chic