Andrew Gardner Scouting Report
|School:||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets|
|Height & Weight:||6'6 - 305 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Andrew Gardner, OL, Georgia Tech
During Andrew Gardner's time at Georgia Tech, he has been the steadying force for the Yellow Jackets' offense. In 2006 and 2007 running back Tashard Choice led the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing and the team gave up the fewest sacks in the league during the 2007 campaign. Gardner deserves a lot of the credit. The 6-6, 305 pound tackle has started 39 consecutive games heading into the 2008 season and he has not played in a game in which he did not start. His ability to stay healthy is a big, big plus. Gardner has been slowly putting on weight since his arrival in Atlanta and has added about 50 pounds. With his large frame, there is room to add even more. Coming off a year in which he earned First Team All-ACC honors, Gardner should be considered one of the best linemen in the nation (especially considering the ACC had linemen Branden Albert, Duane Brown and Gosder Cherilus all drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and Anthony Collins, Steve Justice and Barry Richardson drafted in the later rounds). That places Gardner among the best linemen in the nation and he is on pace to be a first or second round selection come April. Making an adjustment to Coach Paul Johnson's triple-option offense could hurt his overall draft status, since much of his success in 2008 will not translate well into the NFL. Yet, if he can effectively adjust to the new scheme, his versatility could become a selling point. 11/24 Update: Gardner hurt his shoulder in early November and will miss the last three games of the regular season. That will drop his stock down a bit, but Gardner still has plenty of potential and has done a solid job when healthy this year. He will need to show that he has recovered from his left shoulder surgery by the time the Combine rolls around or Gardner will be dropping even further down most draft boards. 3/24 Update: Gardner missed out on some of the postseason workouts due to his torn labrum, but he was able to compete in most of the workouts at Georgia Tech's Pro Day. He did everything but the bench press. Gardner should be at full strength by the time mini-camps open and that should make teams willing to take a look at him. Still he is a mid-round selection at best.
Last Updated Mar-24-2009 by Joel Welser
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