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Jets take Sauce Gardner with fourth overall pick

Cornerback Sauce Gardner becomes the fourth defensive player drafted in four picks at the 2022 NFL Draft, and he'll head to the Jets, where there is plenty of work to be done.

After a 4-13 season, the Jets came into Thursday night’s draft with plenty of needs to address on their roster and they chose to help out their 32nd-ranked defense with the fourth overall pick.

Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was the Jets’ choice with the first of their two first-round picks. He is the fourth straight defensive player off the board to start the draft.

Gardner was a consensus All-America while helping the Bearcats make it to the college football playoffs last season. He should walk into a starting job in a very thin Jets secondary and head coach Robert Saleh will be hoping that he becomes a foundation piece for a major turnaround during the 2022 season.

The Jets are set to add another piece a short time from now. They hold the No. 10 pick as a result of trading safety Jamal Adams to the Seahawks, so should be getting a new teammate in the near future.