It's good for Source Gardner that Buck Showalter manages from the Mets' Dougout rather than guiding Jets' bystanders.
In explaining why "the biggest leap of professional sports" is moving from hitting in minor leagues to playing against MLB pitchers, Show Alter recently said college football star the NFL's "All Pro". ". So, after not allowing a three-season touchdown catch in Cincinnati, you can imagine how high Show Alter's expectations are for the rookie Gardner, who was drafted fourth overall by Jets.
What are your more realistic expectations for Gardner? Jets coach Robert Saleh also did not set exactly low standards.
"Children can do it all," Saleh said during spring training. "We don't put him in a position where he knows he won't succeed. That's a promise, but not so much in his game."
Perhaps the best indicator of what lies beyond Gardner is the recent history of highly drafted cornerbacks.
Some football coaches believe that moving from one level to the next will be easier as the players move away from the center of the line. That is, the receiver and cornerback need to be adjusted most quickly. This theory has certainly proven to be true in recent attacks. Ask Justin Jefferson, Jayren Waddle, and Ja'Marr Chase. They set the standard forJets rookie Garrett Wilson, but not necessarily a defense.
Texans Derek Stingley Jr. (Pick No. 3) and Gardner have become the 20th and 21st cornerbacks drafted in the Top 10 Picks since 2000. Of the first 19 rookies, Patrick Peterson (2011) and Denzel Ward (2018) were the only Pro Bowl choices. Peterson is also one of 22 newcomers named First-Team All-Pro in every position of the 22 season, but his choice is as a special team returner, like the other seven in the group. I came.
In fact, cornerbacks are one of the most difficult positions for a rookie to join the elite right away. For the same reason that Darrelle Revis (Pick No. 14 of 2007) was able to build the island, the rookie could lose his confidence under the pressure of playing one-on-one coverage outside.
Gardner joins theNFL without losing confidence.
"If he keeps making mistakes, he will make the decision to make mistakes," Gardner says. "I want to be perfect, even if it doesn't happen."
The winners of the Defensive Blue Key of the Year since 2000 are nine inside linebackers, eight edge rushers, and three. Defensive tackle, showing two cornerbacks (first rounders other than the top ten, Marshon Latimore and Marcus Peters). ).
The Pro-Football Reference assigns an approximate number (scaled from -6 to 26) for all seasons since 1950. Remove Peterson's score 22. It is inflated by the Punt Returner, but it is 13 passes. Defended and you can't miss the two intercepts — the other 18 average rookie seasons correspond to the less impactful 4.9.
Cowboys Terence Newman (20-pass defense, 4 intercepts in 2003), Jaguars Jalen Ramsey (14 and 2 in 2016), Brownsward (2016) It belongs to 14 and 2) in 2016. 11 and 3 in 2018), Dunta Robinson of the Texans (19 and 6 in 2004), Patrick Sirtain II of Broncos (14 and 4 in 2021).
"He has a Ramsey in his game" I told a post by an NFL Scout Gardner.
However, like most other positions, cornerbacks are unaffected by the top 10 flops.
Jets' own Demiliner and Browns' Justin Gilbert were out of the league within four seasons. Over the last two years, C.J. Henderson of the Jaguars, Jeff Okuda of the Lions, and Jaycee Horn of the Panthers have created three rough seasons with the lowest scores. Based on the metric, Milliner, Gilbert, Robinson, and soon third-year players Okuda and Henderson have shown a tendency in the wrong direction after the rookie season.
Don't tell Showalter that. Or to sale. Or to a confident Gardner. Even, a mixture of past results, does not meet their expectations.