The Measurables

Ahmad Gardner

CB – #1 Cincinnati

HT: 6030
WT: 200
DOB: 8/31/2000

Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Martin Luther King (Detroit, MI)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8314)
Phil Steele: PS#338

Ahmad Gardner scouting report

Gardner has good speed (4.5 range) once he get’s moving. Held up well early against Jamison Williams in the playoffs. Usually just a step slow. Needs an extra step to get up to speed. Lacks upper body strength to be solid physically. Excellent change of direction. Flashes good recovery and hustle to stay with the play. Usually was assigned in 2020 to the fastest receiver on the field.

Not particularly a wrap-up tackler, but will bring run support from the boundary. Goes for the hit low – susceptible to being hurdled. Hesitant to get involved at times. Solid defender on the perimeter. Shows good ability to work back downhill and into the box. Shows decent pursuit angles. Doesn’t consistently work off of blocks well.

Will struggle against bigger receivers. Handled speed (like Jameson Williams) very well. Typically reacts well to cuts and stays with the route effectively. Attacks the catch point. Was occasionally matched with flex tight ends (like Michael Mayer) and handled them well. Stays physical throughout the entire rep. Not nearly as effective in zone coverage. Doesn’t get great depth. Struggles to position correctly. Picks up on plays quickly and moves to react well. Has good change of direction to do it quickly. Much more comfortable playing man. Tight coverage on quick routes, surrenders a lot of space on anything prolonged. Tends to be a little bit too physical through the route when starting with his jam technique – goes well beyond the five yard allowance.

Pre-Combine projection

Ahmad Gardner has the potential to be among the best cornerbacks in the NFL. We like his man-coverage ability and tight coverage style, playing with physicality and reading his coverage assignment well from the snap. He appears to be a day one starter as a second cornerback option with the upside to be a number one cornerback as he adjusts to the speed of the NFL level.

We like Ahmad Gardner as a first/second round prospect in this class. His film, even at the AAC-level, was exemplary and showed that he can play with even the fastest of college receivers. We think his length will be intriguing for team who hope to make him a solid boundary corner for the next decade.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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