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New York Jets to work out Courtney Gardner


The New York Jets will be working out two lesser-known 2013 NFL Draft prospects in Sierra College Wolverines wide receiver Courtney Gardner and Eastern Kentucky cornerback Justin Bell, per a source close to Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer. Gardner is a draft prospect out of a JUCO school who was supposed to transfer to the Oklahoma Sooners, but he was unable to due to academic issues and decided to declare for the draft instead. Both workouts are classified as private workouts for the Jets.

Gardner has a good blend of size and speed at 6’3″, 215 pounds. He has a lot of athletic ability, and he is a pretty polished route-runner. The upside he provides after the catch is intriguing, and I could see Gardner being a good sleeper pick for the Jets in this draft class to help them add a potential playmaker at the wide receiver position.

From Tony Pauline, “Besides his large frame the big pass catcher also has the speed (10.7 sec in the 100 meters) to match.  Even college coaches in the area are awed by his ability on the field but focusing at the task at hand seems to be an issue.”

We’ll see if this work out will help the New York Jets shed light on those issues regarding Gardner, and there are some who believe Gardner is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft class.

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