The Jets officially announced Saturday that they have signed cornerback Ahmad “sauce” Gardner, the No. 4 overall pick in the first round. The contract details were not disclosed.
Gardner’s size, speed and one-on-one marking skills are impeccable. He completed 40 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 interceptions in his junior year, greatly enhancing his draft prospects. Gardner was also the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“I’m a good fit here. No matter how they want to use me, I want to meet their expectations and I’ll do anything to win,” Gardner said. “Whether they want to play zone defense, man-to-man defense, Let me do the raid, or let me play linebacker — I don’t think it’s possible, but I’m willing to give it my all.”
The Jets defense averaged 29.6 points and 397.6 yards per game last season, both of which were the most in the league. Gardner will guard the second line with cornerback D.J. Reed, safety Jordan Whitehead and two new signings.