BIO: Former walk-on that started the past two seasons and totaled 49/1/6 as a senior after 64/2/8 the prior season.
POSITIVES: Tough, feisty defensive back that works to get involved in the action. Confident, supports the run and works hard to defend the pass. Displays good timing, a head for the ball as well as hands for the pick.
NEGATIVES: Quick out of his backpedal, lacks the explosive plant on the pass and does not show a great closing burst to the play. Prefers to side-shuffle rather than back pedal. Lacks optimal playing speed. Guesses incorrectly and takes himself from the action.
ANALYSIS: Best facing the quarterback, Gardner excels in zone defense. A self-motivated prospect driven to succeed, he is a tough defender that coaches at the next level will quickly take a liking to.