After going offense in the last two years, the New York Jets selected Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, a cornerback from the University of Cincinnati, with #4 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Last season the Jets defense finished last in both total yardage and points against, making this pick pretty much a necessity. Gardner, 6'2", 188 lbs, was the top defensive back on most draft boards. He recorded 9 interceptions, 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in 3 collegial seasons.
Gardner has an impressive size for a cornerback and his 4.41-second 40-yard speed should make him a formidable starter for years to come.
As the 4th overall pick, Gardner's fully guaranteed 4-year rookie deal should be $33.45M, which includes a $21,507,852 signing bonus.