NFL Future Watch: Sauce Gardner Football Cards, New York Jets – Sauce Gardner was drafted by the New York Jets with the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. This rookie has catchup speed and great technique. He’s hard to beat even in 1-on-1 coverage. So, the Jets snapped him up.
Gardner attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Michigan. He was a wide receiver and a cornerback. In a big Division 3 State Championship game, Gardner caught four passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns. Associated Press named him a First-Team All-State defensive back. At the time, he was the 163rd-ranked corner in the country. He committed to the University of Cincinnati.
Gardner played in 11 games in his true freshman season. He had 31 tackles and three interceptions, two of which were converted to touchdowns for his team. He added 11 passes defended and eight pass breakups. Gardner was named to the All-American Conference First-Team.
In 2020, he played in nine games during the pandemic. He had 28 tackles, 16 were solo, with three picks and six passes defended.
2021 was set up to be a big year for Gardner. He had 40 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, and four passes defended. He was a consensus All-American, and All-America Conference Defensive Player of the Year. For the third time, was First-Team All-ACC as well. In his three college seasons, nobody scored a touchdown against him. He was ready for the NFL Draft.
Gardner ran a 4.41 at the 2022 NFL Combine. That’s all he needed to do. He was a guaranteed Top-Ten pick.
The Jets selected him, and the hype machine was in full force. Gardner was an instant sensation among the fan base and an instant starter. In the 2022 season, he’s only given up one touchdown and is among the best corners in the NFL. The fact that he’s a rookie makes him a favorite to win the 2022-23 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
NFL Future Watch: Sauce Gardner Cards Worth Collecting
One very popular card is Gardner’s 2022 Panini Select Draft Pick Silver Prizm Rookie Auto. It’s an action photo from Cincinnati that’s autographed.
Another great card is his 2022 Panini Origins Patch Auto Rookie. The card is numbered to 99, and it shows him running with the football.
One last card to consider is his 2022 Leaf Metal Draft Autograph. There are different variations, and they’re serial-numbered.
Gardner is a can’t-miss star.
NFL Future Watch: Sauce Gardner Football Cards, New York Jets – Stats
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