BIO: Totaled 73/10.5/1 as a senior after posting 57 tackles as a junior.
POSITIVES: Hard-working yet undersized defender who responded with a terrific senior campaign. Quick to key the action, disciplined and stays with assignments. Alert, displays a fluid change of direction and quick getting to the flanks. Plays sideline-to-sideline and gets depth on pass drops. Solid special teams player who helps out on coverage units.
NEGATIVES: Though he plays faster than his 40 time, still lacks the top size-speed numbers. Slow to shed once engaged with opponents or completely taken out of the action by blocks.
ANALYSIS: Productive most of his college career, Gardner is perfectly suited for a three-four alignment where he is free to flow to the action. His special teams ability should help him find a spot on a final roster next September.