Rankings

Player Display Name: 
James Gardner

Wide receiver
School: Miami-Oh | Conference: MAC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4.0 / 212 | 40: 4.75 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
2.95
Projected Round
FA
Pos: 
Large, game-controlling receiver who comes off an injury-shortened campaign. Plays to his size, uses his frame to shield away defenders and takes a pounding but holds onto the throw. Tracks the pass in the air, uses his hands to separate from defenders and consistently comes away with the difficult catch. Displays relatively soft hands and good hand-eye coordination. Adjusts to the errant throw, looks the ball into his hands and makes the reception in stride. Solid downfield blocker who gets results.
Neg: 
Displays very limited speed and quickness. Struggles to separate from opponents out of routes and down the field.
Analysis: 
Gardner displayed a lot of next-level ability early in his college career, but he watched his game level off and even regress before he suffered a season-ending injury in 2018. He's a big-bodied possession receiver who wins out for the contested throws but must prove he can do more than just outmuscle defenders for the catch in camp this summer.