Dallas Cowboys Draft
Ahmad Gardner, CB
The last player to look at is Cincinnati’s playmaking CB, Ahmad Gardner. Gardner (aka “Sauce”) is one of my favorite players in this coming draft and someone who could very well be off the board by the time Dallas picks. But his rawness and the elite prospects at CB this year could cause him to drop in much of the same way Trevon Diggs dropped two years ago.
Speaking of ol’ Trevon, like Trevon, Gardner is a converted WR playing CB.
At 6-foot-2, 188lbs, Gardner is the long and lean CB Will McClay and the scouting department love. The natural press-man corner is comfortable playing trail technique and uses his athleticism and ball-skills to bait QBs into throwing his direction. Sound familiar?
Even with the baiting, Gardner is rarely tested. According to PFF, Sauce’s 44.2 pass efficiency allowed is an FBS-low. QBs have only gained 47 yards on him on 8 of 18 passes all with Gardner managing to pull in two INTs.
He’s rail-thin and that’s going to hurt him and he doesn’t have that elite top-end speed needed to keep up with the fastest NFL receivers, but the kid is a play-maker and he’s lock-down. Having him fall to Dallas would be huge but possible given there’s a debate between about four CBs all having rights to CB1 in this draft.
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The Dallas Cowboys could really use a presence in the middle but right now there aren’t any obvious candidates residing in the 20-40 range. Plus, Dallas is optimistic about the two young guys they have now (Osa Odighizuwa and Neville Gallimore) so they may kick the can at IDL.
Safety is another position we could have addressed but Dallas doesn’t value safety very much and as we’ve learned time and time again, they won’t be picking it early.
What we know is this draft class looks extremely intriguing, even late in the first round, and some fantastic players are going to slip through the cracks.
Now that we’ve satisfied your desire to look to the future, we can shift back to the here and now and appreciate everything that’s unfolding for the Dallas Cowboys THIS season .