2. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets
The first of two Jets players who I would be shocked if they were omitted, Sauce Gardner also had a fantastic rookie year. He was acknowledged by the media as the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and then coaches and GMs also voted him the second-best cornerback in the entire NFL.
It's pretty much a universal truth that Gardner is an elite cornerback who statistically had one of the better rookie seasons in the history of the position, but there are two factors that make me nervous about his ranking (or his inclusion altogether).
Part of being human is human error, and we tend to show bias and cloud our judgments with certain biases when different things happen. That explains why Asante Samuel went off last week, but it could also explain why perhaps Gardner's peers may slight him on this list.
A lot of jawing with top receivers like Tyreek Hill, Ja'Marr Chase, and DK Metcalf while holding them to modest numbers may cause resentment — especially compounded with all the media coverage hailing this kid as the next big thing.
Perhaps they vote for a veteran with inferior stats all across the board like Jalen Ramsey over Sauce because 'he's already so hyped.' We hope not though, as real does truly recognize real, and Gardner isn't the first person with hype to come into the league.
It should be noted that Revis was also a shutdown corner who beefed with top receivers in the game, and he was on this list every year from 2011-2016, including two appearances in the top ten. We don't know where Sauce will land this year, but it will be a travesty if it's outside the list.