Courtney Gardner is considered one of the biggest sleepers in the 2013 NFL Draft, as he has incredible measurables and is a polished route runner. The biggest knock against him is the competition he faced at Sierra, which is a junior college (JUCO). Mr. Gardner is not very well known and has some questions attached to him. Mr. Gardner has compared himself to A.J. Green and Julio Jones, but many experts have said he more closely resembles Justin Blackmon:
Courtney was originally scheduled to transfer to the University of Oklahoma, where his draft status could have skyrocketed, not unlike Cordarrelle Patterson of the University of Tennessee. I asked Courtney why he decided not to transfer, and instead declare for the draft. He explained that many of his course credits wouldn't transfer over, and it would have been an extremely long process of taking extra courses. In effect, it became too big of a hassle for it to be worth it. He made it clear, though, that he was not abandoning Oklahoma or anything like that, but it was a mutual decision by both the school and him that it was in his best interests.
Furthermore, moving from Sierra to the National Football League is going to be a big jump for Courtney, who said he needs to work on "making faster reads." He wants to work on reading man and zone coverages, and to "be a student of the game." He acknowledged it's a process, but stated that his best attribute is how aggressive he is in his playing style. Whether it's running routes or blocking, of which he stated he was especially proud of, Courtney wants to be an aggressive player. Experts have acknowledged that Courtney is an especially smooth route runner, and he added to that by stating that he loves getting yards after the catch and is especially good at doing so.
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I wouldn't mind if the Rams picked this kid late. What would you say?