What are your measurements (height, weight and forty
At the Pro Day, I was 6’3, 218. I am about 220
right now. I ran a 4.51 and a 4.55 at the Pro Day.
Were you satisfied with your Pro Day results?
I think that I did a little better than average. I
was happy with the results. I wish that I could
have put up some better numbers. But some days are
just like that. I had a good showing catching the
football and running routes for the scouts.
What is the overall feedback that you have received
from scouts and coaches?
I am getting positive news right now. A lot of
teams have been doing a lot of research on me. They
like me a lot. I am going on a few visits. I have
received good feedback. I am just trying to get
better every day.
When you were coming out of high school, what
programs showed interest in you?
A lot of programs showed interest in me. I was
committed to the University of Nevada as a sophomore
coming out of high school. I was recruited by the
Pac-10 before it was the Pac-12. A lot of Mountain
West schools had interest in me. I also had some
Why did you decide to go to a junior college?
I couldn’t pass my math efficiency out of high
school, so I had to go to a Military Prep School out
How did you wind up at Sierra Community College in
A couple of my friends went to Sierra College out of
high school. I had visited them before I had
graduated out of high school.
Describe your career at Sierra College to us.
I had a great career at Sierra. I was an
All-American. I was the No.2 receiver in the nation
behind Cordarrelle Patterson. It seems like he will
be the number one receiver taken in the draft this
year. I have put up some great numbers. I had 7 FG
blocks and 7 punt blocks. I had 61 catches, over
1,000 yards and 13 TDs during my last season. I had
a pretty good career there. I loved the program.
Jeff Tisdel is a pretty good coach. He showed me a
lot about how to play wide receiver.
You were committed to go to Oklahoma. You decided
to forgo your final two years of eligibility and
enter the draft, why did you make that decision?
It wasn’t so much about Oklahoma. I didn’t finish
the classes that I was taking in time, so I could to
get to Oklahoma earlier. We just had a mutual
agreement with the coaches there to go a different
route. The best thing for me was to go back to
school and finish my classes. I tried to enroll in
the summer, but my classes got dropped. I decided
to turn pro after my classes got dropped.
Financially, I just couldn’t pay for my classes.
You definitely have an uphill battle on your hands
coming out of the JC ranks, what were your
expectations by entering the draft early?
I knew that it would be a hard process. But it has
been a smooth ride for a few weeks. It is not as
bad as I thought that it was going to be. I am
really comfortable with my situation right now.
Do you have any regrets about declaring early for
the NFL Draft?
I don’t have any regrets. Things happen for a
reason. I wish things could have been better with
my classroom efforts. But I am putting it behind me
and I am moving on with this process.
Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
I am in Reno, Nevada right now. I am back in my
home state where I went to high school. I am
working out with some local guys. I am living with
my cousin Duke Williams right now. I am doing a lot
of work with him as well.
What is the coolest thing that you have gotten to do
during this draft process?
I have gotten to meet a lot of NFL players during
this process. I have gotten to talk to them about
everything. I have gotten positive feedback and
some negative feedback. But everything has been
good coming out of those guys that have been in the
league for a long time.
How does it feel to be a small
fish in a large pond?
It doesn’t feel like I am in a huge pond at all. It
is not a big deal. I have worked out with some of
the top guys in this year’s draft. I measure up
completely fine against them. I think that we are
very similar. They just come from big programs, and
I come from a JC. I get a lot of respect when
people see me. You have to see me first. I am big,
physical and fast. It would look like I am coming
out of the D-1 program at this point.
What is the biggest obstacle facing you as you head
into the NFL?
The biggest obstacle is just learning the playbook.
Coming from the JC ranks, our playbook isn’t so
big. I need to learn the offense and take the time
in the film room. I also need to get a feel for
different types of defenses.
What are your strengths on the football field?
I am very physical. I surprise a lot of DBs with my
physicality. My speed is also good for a guy my
What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
I need to improve on everything. I want to improve
on how I come out of my breaks and running routes.
What is the highlight of your football career?
Being an All-American. I always wanted to have the
big award and to show that all of my hard work has
paid off. I was the No.2 junior college player in
the nation. I was the No.1 player in California.
Describe your cousin Duke Williams to us on and off
He was my cornerback in high school. He is a great
person. We have great chemistry. He is a very
competitive guy. We always have been competitive
with one another. He is a great athlete. We get
the best of each other. He is very physical. He
just drives me to be better.
What do you enjoy most about playing football?
I like the competitiveness. Everyone wants to win,
no one wants to lose. It is the thrill of competing
against other great athletes. It drives me a lot.
What is your favorite NFL team?
I like the Seahawks. That is my team. I love the
way the DBs play on the team. I always like
watching their DBs. They get aggressive with the
Which NFL player would you compare your game to?
A lot of scouts have been saying Justin Blackmon.
But I would compare myself to Julio Jones. I am
similar to him. He plays so physical. He looks
mean out on the field.
What are your hobbies?
Away from the football field, I enjoy going out with
friends. I like to go fishing and bowling. I play
golf. I like going to movies.
What makes you a unique individual?
I don’t do much talking at all. It would be seem
like I would be the guy who will always talk out
there. But I will let my game do all of the
talking. I am more of a quiet type of guy.
If you were an NFL team, which wide receiver would
you select in this NFL Draft excluding yourself from
I would pick Cordarrelle Patterson or Tavon Austin.
Those guys are amazing athletes. Cordarrelle and I
play a very similar style of football. He was the
No.1 guy over me when he was coming out of the JC
ranks. He showed at Tennessee that he was the top
wide receiver. I give a lot of respect to him. I
respect Cordarrelle Patterson for everything that he
has done coming out of juco.
Finish the sentence, Courtney Gardner is….
Big, physical and fast kid. I love to get really
aggressive and get into DBs heads. I can do
anything on the field to get things done. Off the
field, I am pretty laid back. I enjoy everything
that a normal person would like to do. I like to
interact with kids and help around the community. I
would like to go back to my old middle school and
high school and tell the kids how hard my route is.
They don’t want to get in the position that I am
in. They need to focus on school and get things