Devin Gardner’s insatiable thirst for knowledge received its latest quenching last week when he made his way south to participate in the Manning Passing Academy. Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning are just the latest quarterback experts to have their shoulders tapped by Michigan’s field general. Earlier this summer he sought the advice of renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield and participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Beaverton, Oregon. The difference with the Manning Academy was the media was on hand to witness much of the event. One member in particular came away extremely impressed with Gardner’s potential.
NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks clearly believed Gardner to be one of the most praise-worthy signal callers in attendance.
“Get ready for the Devin Gardner-Ryan Tannehill comparisons,” Brooks wrote. “NFL scouts love to compare college prospects to current pros based on playing styles, physical dimensions and backgrounds, and I expect evaluators to link Michigan's Gardner and the Miami Dolphins signal-caller based on their similarities as former receivers-turned-quarterbacks. Each player arrived at his respective school as a highly regarded quarterback prospect, but the presence of an established starter and a desire to take advantage of their athleticism led their coaches to put them on the field as wide receivers early in their collegiate careers”
“Thanks to Gardner's tremendous production and impressive physical dimensions (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), scouts were already intrigued by his potential as a possible dual-threat playmaker at the next level,” he later added. “After watching him perform in workouts this weekend, I believe that fascination will grow based on his spectacular talents as a passer. Gardner displayed superior arm strength in drills, showing the kind of zip and velocity to rival big-armed NFL passers like Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. Additionally, he demonstrated outstanding accuracy and ball placement in the throwing exhibition.”
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