Ahmad Gardner

Ahmad Gardner

Measurements
  • Height
    6030
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    190lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/2
  • Speed
    4.41
CB Combine Averages
  • Height
    5113
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    37
  • Weight
    192lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/2
  • Speed
    4.49
Isaiah Wingfield - Scout
Ahmad Gardner
  • Overall Rank
    6
  • Position Rank
    1
  • Position
    CB
  • Age
    21.9 Years
  • Team
    CINCINNATI

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 14 31 4 1.14 0 0 TFL
2020 9 28 6 0.77 0.5 1 TFL
2021 14 40 8 0.29 3 1 TFL

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Amhad Gardner is a wiry-built corner with elite height and length. He stayed healthy in his three-year career missing only one game with a back issue.

  • Size
    9
  • Length
    9
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 8.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

He is consistent in press and aggressive at the catch point. His physicality at the LOS often stops receivers from getting into their routes and even forces them out of bounds. Shows average feel for route concepts in zone coverages; often gets locked onto the receiver in his space instead of seeing the complete picture.

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 7.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Ahmad Gardner possesses adequate twitch and burst with above the line long speed. His elite arm length and quick hands are critical to his success in press coverage. With outstanding strength, he eliminates receivers in press and is physical with tight ends in coverage. Though a willing tackler, adding weight will limit times where ball carriers shrug him off. His length, aggression, and ball skills lead to PBUs and interceptions at the catch point.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    8
Grade 6.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Gardner is an outstanding press-man corner. He is physical at the LOS, with quick hands that often neutralize releases. His outstanding hip fluidity and quick feet enable him to throw multiple jabs without sacrificing balance or leverage to stay attached to receivers. Consistent mirror and shuffle technique keep him from opening his gate. He has few reps in off-man but works a patient scooch technique and gets hands on at the top of routes. In Cover 2, receivers struggle to evade his two hand jam, and his length keeps him in passing windows. He can get high and take wasted steps at the breakpoint. His long speed and length give him the range to play Cover 3 effectively. He could improve his tackling with added weight and technique: he makes explosive plays with his burst but often looks to catch ball carriers instead of running through tackles.

  • Hip Fluidity
    8
  • Burst to Close
    6
  • Plant and Drive
    7
  • Run Support
    6
  • Cover Ability
    8
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    6
  • Backpedal
    4
  • Ball Skills
    6
Grade 6.4

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Ahmad Gardner played 37 games for Cincinnati, primarily as their boundary corner. Throughout his decorated career, Gardner was selected as consensus First Team All-American, AAC All-Academic Team, Unanimous AAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-American Athletic Conference, and a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. Alongside his teammate Coby Bryant he led Cincinnati to the No. 1 ranked defense in passing efficiency in 2021. Gardner is a long, physical, and skilled press man cover corner with tools to play in multiple schemes. With quick hands and feet, fluid hips, and patience at the LOS, he is seldom beat and often on top of receivers with hands on. In Cover 2, he eliminates receivers with his two-handed jam. His long speed, arm length, and ball skills make him effective in Cover 3. He can improve with route recognition in zone coverage and add weight to make him more of a force at the point of attack. Ahmad Gardner’s elite length and outstanding press coverage skills are valuable in today's league; he should be an early first-round pick for a team in need of a lock-down cornerback.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v SMU
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Displayed consistent and elite press man technique
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Navy
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Lost composure on fade route - penalized for PI
Best Trait
Length
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