Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Ja'Quan Gardner

Running back
School: Humboldt State | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-6 / 191 | 40: 4.57 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
2.95
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who was named GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017. Led the conference with 206 carries, 1,322 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 212 yards and two TDs while returning two kickoffs for scores as a senior. Earned First Team All-GNAC honors and rushed 249 times for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns while making 42 catches for 324 yards and one score in 2016. Led Division II in rushing with 2,266 yards and 25 touchdowns on 337 carries as a sophomore. Earned Second Team All-GNAC honors as a true freshman and carried 88 times for 607 yards and eight TDs.
Pos: 
Creative ball carrier with a versatile game. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and quickly finds running lanes. Quick-footed, runs with good lean and shows burst. Bounces around piles and creates yardage. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who is very effective after the catch.
Neg: 
Lacks the speed to beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight. Timid blocker.
Analysis: 
Gardner was very productive at the small-school level and has enough ability to line up as a situational back at the next level if he performs well on special teams.