With two first-round picks in the top seven of the 2022 NFL draft, the New York Giants have many different directions they can go and player pairings they can execute. Whether it be targeting a pass rusher and offensive lineman, general manager Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll have a difficult task ahead of them.
With teams and scouts able to finally get their hands on prospects in person this year, there’s more information regarding player evaluations and profiles when compared to the 2021 draft. Names like Travon Walker, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Ikem Ekwonu have done themselves favors at the Combine, but the one positional group that hasn’t gotten much attention in connection with the Giants is cornerback.
Derek Stingley Jr. out of LSU and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner are considered the top two corners in this year’s draft class, but the latter of the bunch has witnessed a skyrocketing stock, making him a potential selection for Big Blue with the 5th or 7th overall pick.
Gardner is an exciting young player who is 100% committed to the game of football, protecting his body like a temple of health.
“I’ve never had one of them — at all,” the Cincinnati cornerback said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We won AAC Championships (and) they’d bring cigars out and all that, never even had a little cigar. I’m just a guy that — intrinsic motivation, you know — even just for me, I naturally just be turnt up. After we get a win, I just naturally be excited. I don’t need anything to make me feel some type of way.”
“I love being left on an island,” Gardner said. “I don’t have to worry about anybody else but my man. … I feel like I can eliminate the best receiver on the field.”
“I truly believe I’m the best cornerback,” said Gardner. “I just watch a lot of film, work on my technique, study receivers, work unrequired hours and do things when nobody is watching. That all translates when the lights come up.”