Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Darren Gardenhire

Cornerback
School: Delta State | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11.5 / 181 | 40: 4.54 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.05
Projected Round
FA
Pos: 
Former Washington transfer with solid size and speed numbers and overall ball skills. Fluid in transition with opponents off the line of scrimmage, reads the receiver's eyes and gets his head back around to locate the pass in the air. Effectively times pass defenses, has a nice move to the throw and gets vertical to knock the pass away. Has a burst to the action from his plant, displays terrific awareness and stays with assignments. Impacts the game as a kick returner.
Neg: 
Not a stout tackler at the point of attack and lets receivers pick up yardage off initial contact. Gets tall in his backpedal.
Analysis: 
Gardenhire was a highly regarded recruit who fell out of favor at Washington but played well last season for Delta State. He possesses the size and ability to line up in a variety of coverages, and his ability as a kick returner is added value.