Scouting Report: Talman Gardner

There's never been a void of talented pass catchers coming out of Tallahassee as Florida State is usually loaded at the position. Unfortunately many never reach the heights they did as Seminoles nor the expectations placed on them by NFL scouts. Can Talman Gardner break that trend?

Full Name:  Talman Gardner      School:    Florida St

Ht: 6-0       Wt: 225     40: 4.49

Year: 5Sr       Number: 21

Stats/ Bio:

2001: Finished as the team's second leading receiver  33/649/19.7/11, leading the team with 11 touchdown receptions.

2000: Played in 13 games recording 12/198/16.5 receiving and a team-high 8/175/21.9 on kick returns.

Scouting Report:

The Good:  King sized receiver with great size/speed numbers.  Quick releasing off the snap of the ball, easily defeats jams at the line of scrimmage and extends nicely for the catch.  Adjusts well to the pass, reaches back to grab the errant throw or scoops up the low pass.  Catches the ball in stride, deceptively fast and displays good focus throughout the play.  

The Bad:  Less than adequate route running skills, lacks the strong hands and does a bit of unnecessary body catching.  Does not always make the difficult catch or snare the ball out of the air when he has the opportunity.  

The Skinny:  A bit of an enigma; looks the part but does not always play to it and leaves you thinking he could do more.  Can be dangerous if he takes his game to the next level but should he not will be considered a borderline underachiever.  

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