6 biggest standouts from the NY Jets mandatory minicamp

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Sauce Gardner
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2. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets

Sauce Gardner is as-advertised — and that's about the greatest compliment you can provide for a player who many believe is one of the best cornerback prospects to enter the NFL in years.

Gardner worked with the first-team defense for a lot of OTAs and minicamp with D.J. Reed nursing a minor injury. This afforded him the opportunity to work against the first-team offense — and he looked the part.

The No. 4 overall pick exudes confidence and swagger, from his off-field demeanor to his on-field dominance. The Jets got a glimmer of that during Wednesday's practice.

Gardner was the most notable defensive standout on Wednesday as the 21-year-old made numerous highlight-worthy plays in coverage including a 100-yard pick-six off Zach Wilson in red-zone drills.

He also had a fantastic pass breakup when working against Corey Davis earlier in practice. Wilson unloaded on a deep ball for Davis who had a step on Gardner, only for the rookie to use his speed and length to make up ground and knock the ball away from his teammate in picture-perfect fashion.

Gardner's combination of size, speed, and length give him All-Pro upside, and he's entering the NFL after an illustrious college career that saw him allow just one career red-zone catch and zero touchdowns.

The Jets believe that Gardner will be their best cornerback since the days of Darrelle Revis. It's still early, but he already looks like the real deal.