Updated (Thursday, April 28, 8:35 p.m. ET): Sauce Gardner was selected No. 4 overall by the New York Jets. Gardner was projected as the top cornerback off the board for much of the pre-draft process, and when the Houston Texans made a surprised selection of Derek Stingley Jr. at No. 3, that left Gardner falling into the Jets' lap. Check out The Duel's full NFL Draft grades and pick analysis here.
Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner remains arguably the best cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft. He's been a mainstay top-10 projections since the college football season ended, and that's no different a week ahead of the draft.
If you're looking to familiarize yourself with the 21-year-old from Cincinnati, here's everything you need to know about the young cornerback.
Ahmad Gardner Mock Draft 2022
ESPN's predictions are from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's latest mock draft. CBS Sports' predictions are from Ryan Wilson's latest mock draft. Sporting News' projections are from Vinnie Iyer's latest mock draft.
ESPN: New York Jets (No. 4)
CBS Sports: New York Giants (No. 7)
Sporting News: New York Jets (No. 10)
Ahmad Gardner Draft Stock & Draft Projection
- New York Jets (No. 4) - 1
- New York Giants (No. 7) - 1
- New York Jets (No. 10) - 1
Gardner is a consensus top-10 pick. Aside from the three landing spots listed above, the Minnesota Vikings (No. 12) feel like another potential destination for Gardner.
Ahmad Gardner NFL Draft Odds
NFL Draft odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have Gardner as a -700 favorite to be a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. His over/under is set at pick 5.5, with -122 odds on the under. Only one of the three highlighted mock drafts have him being selected at the under.
Ahmad Gardner Stats
2021: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 40 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, 4 passes defended, 3 interceptions in 13 games played
2020: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 28 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 6 passes defended, 3 interceptions in 9 games played
2019: Cincinnati Bearcats
- 31 tackles, 6 passes defended, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns in 11 games played
Gardner has been a menace since his freshman season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. He added a threat of getting after the quarterback this past season, but consistently gave QBs trouble with his smothering pass coverage for all three season. Gardner was named AAC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American in 2021.
Ahmad Gardner Height, Weight & 40-Yard Dash
All height, weight and workout information is from NFL.com.
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 190lbs
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.41 seconds
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