Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC...(+) 10-05-13 Pectoral INJ, Out for 2013/DS #7 rSr DE...PLombardi/PNagurski/PBednarik/TSX-PTW...2012: 2ndC/PHendricks/PLombardi...2011: 2ndC
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Draft Scout Ben Gardner News
09/07/15 - DE Ben Gardner was waived by the Cowboys Saturday (Sept. 5) in the cutdown to 53 players.
08/27/14 - DE Ben Gardner was placed on reserve/injured by the Cowboys Tuesday (Aug. 26).
05/11/14 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/231 -- Ben Gardner, DE, 6-4, 262, Stanford...A former team captain who played defensive end in college but could spin down to defensive tackle in the Cowboys 3-4 scheme. First team all Pac-12 in 2013 but saw his season end early because a torn pectoral muscle. It's also why he fell in the draft. Very athletic with 39 1/2 vertical leap. - The Sports Xchange
04/03/14 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...4. For those invited to the Combine but deemed medically unable to compete, Pro Days are important. For players snubbed by the Combine selection committee, Pro Days are absolutely critical. As such, the performances from Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones and Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner deserve special recognition here. Scouts from 19 teams traveled to Wyoming to watch Smith, wideout Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueston Huff, the latter two of which performed well at the Senior Bowl and Combine. Smith showed off the athleticism that has earned comparisons to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, clocking a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and impressing with his velocity and accuracy during his throwing session. Straight-line speed was very much the goal for Jones in his Pro Day workout and he certainly demonstrated it, registering a pair of sub 4.4 times that are sure to attract plenty of attention from scouts.
Considering that he was an integral component of Stanford's success defensively the past three seasons, Gardner may have been the most shocking of the Combine snubs and he posted the most eye-popping numbers in retaliation, wowing scouts from all 32 NFL teams on March 20 with a 39.5" vertical and 10-2" broad jump after measuring 6-foot-4, 262 pounds. Those numbers would have ranked second and fifth, respectively, among all defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis in 2014. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Combine-snub Ben Gardner surprise star at Stanford...With solid performances at the Combine, Murphy and Mauro's efforts on Thursday were helpful but not necessarily critical to their grades. Three-year starting defensive end (and shocking Combine omission) Ben Gardner, however, took full advantage of his opportunity to work out for scouts, recording a 39.5" vertical and a 10-2" broad jump - numbers that would've ranked second and tied for fifth, respectively, among defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis.
The 6-foot-4, 262 pound Gardner also was clocked in at 6.78 seconds in the 3-cone drill and 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash. These explosive numbers provide quantitative evidence of the athleticism Gardner demonstrates on tape. Like Murphy, Gardner is viewed by some as a 'tweener but he's shown the grit to handle remaining on the defensive line as well as enough fluidity and instincts to operate as a linebacker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com