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Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, standout cornerback for the Cincinnati Bearcats for the past three seasons, showed why he's expected to be among the top picks in the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Scouting Combine, where his official 40-yard dash time was 4.41 seconds.
Social media reactions to Gardner's impressive effort in Indianapolis that caught the attention of many NFL teams:
Sauce Gardner’s official 40 time was 4.41 seconds. A cornerback has never been taken first overall. Not saying it is or could be Gardner, but it should happen at some point soon given the importance of the position. https://t.co/3NiXoHAgOB
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 6, 2022
The final day of the 2022 NFL Combine begins with the cornerback group.@GoBearcatsFB's Ahmad Gardner (97 production score) and @LSUfootball's Derek Stingley Jr. (90) both earned "elite" production scores.#NextGenScores pic.twitter.com/LXVPQhFqP0
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) March 6, 2022
Sauce Gardner 4.44, 4.45, and 4.46 on three different teams watches.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 6, 2022
Sauce Gardner can keep running that 4.47 out of the building and straight to the city of New Yorkpic.twitter.com/busrEMAk3S
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 6, 2022
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) March 6, 2022
9 5/8 hand
33 1/2 arm
79 3/8 wing
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 6, 2022
After spending two days talking to folks at the NFL Combine, there's no doubt that Sauce Gardner will be the #Bearcats highest draft pick since Greg Cook went #5 overall in '69. The only other 1st rounder in UC history was Bob Bell in '71. Desmond Ridder could also join the club
— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) March 8, 2022
Peter King on Gardner, in King's "Football Morning in America" column for NBC Sports:
I think the player that seems most interesting to me high in the draft is Cincinnati cornerback Sauce Gardner. He’s a 6-3 corner who never allowed a touchdown in his last three years of coverage, in 1,100 snaps. He’ll need to bulk up a little, but a 4.41-in-the-40 corner that size is special, and he’ll certainly go in the top eight or 10.
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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Reactions: 'Sauce' Gardner runs 4.41-second 40-yard dash at combine