It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles need a partner in crime for Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. There are a ton of intriguing options at that position of need in the 2022 NFL draft. Problem is, the Eagles will likely need to trade up in the first round to get an elite-level talent.
The top cornerbacks heading into Thursday night include Derek Stingley, Ahmad Gardner, and Trent McDuffie. The Eagles stand a reasonable shot at getting McDuffie if they stay put at No. 15. Stingley or Gardner? Well, that is going to require some savvy maneuvering from general manager Howie Roseman.
It’s something he’ll probably be pondering hard, especially after Gardner revealed how much he admires Slay. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder name-dropped Slay as one of the three best corners in the NFL.
Gardner told The Game Day: “Jalen Ramsey. Darius Slay. I don’t the know the third, maybe it’s between Trevon Diggs and J.C. Jackson.” (Editor’s note: Slay re-tweeted the below clip from his Twitter account).
— Leo (@LeoACaceres) April 28, 2022
Gardner’s stock has taken a meteoric rise up the draft board in recent weeks. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. valued him as his top cornerback and mocked him No. 4 overall to the New York Jets. Ditto for CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards and NFL Media’s Peter Schrager.
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Gardner Doesn’t Plan on Giving TDs Up
Everyone seems in agreement that Gardner has the ability to completely shut down “one side of the field” in an NFL secondary. He didn’t allow a single touchdown in 33 games last season at Cincinnati.
“I don’t have plans on giving one up,” Gardner said referring to touchdowns, via the New York Post. “I love being left on an island. I don’t have to worry about anybody else but my man. I feel like I can eliminate the best receiver on the field.”
Sauce Gardner lays the BOOM on Jameson Williams 💥 pic.twitter.com/NLp1uQkaIN
— PFF (@PFF) December 31, 2021