Round 1, Pick No. 7 Overall (from NYG): 49ers select CB Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, Cincinnati
San Francisco’s biggest move of the offseason, thus far, was bringing in Charvarius Ward from the Kansas City Chiefs. He figures to be CB1 to start the season.
However, if John Lynch moves up in the first round and selects Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner, Ward instantly becomes CB2.
“Sauce” started every game he played from Day 1 as a true freshman, and never looked back.
To say that Gardner was stingy in coverage would be quite the understatement. To put it plainly, his coverage against opposing wide receivers was downright disrespectful. Gardner allowed a mere 131 yards in 14 total games as a junior, that’s less than 10 yards a game on average. But even more staggering is the amount of touchdowns he’s allowed in his three-year career.
In 1,059 snaps played while in coverage, zero touchdowns were surrendered.
His shutdown ability is exactly what the secondary is lacking, and his dominant coverage is everything a front seven dreams of.
Bringing Gardner and Ward together will make San Francisco the new “No Fly Zone.”