, 2022-12-22 11:02:32
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Minutes after he was picked by the New York Jets, Sauce Gardner was doing a media interview backstage at the 2022 NFL draft in Las Vegas when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw Garrett Wilson walking out to the stage for his welcome-to-the-league hug from commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson was wearing a Jets cap, just like he was.
“Oh, yeah, this is gonna be crazy,” Gardner said to himself, imagining the future.
Gardner was drafted fourth overall at 8:34 p.m. ET on April 28. At 9:15 p.m., Wilson was selected with the 10th pick.
Just like that, the Jets added two former college stars who would become the most dynamic players on their team — a 6-foot-3 cornerback in Gardner who covers like an umbrella insurance policy and a wide receiver who can separate better than church and state. Franchises can go years without finding one impact rookie; the Jets found two in a span of 41 minutes.
While their season has unraveled in recent weeks — they take a three-game losing streak into Thursday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video) — the Jets (7-7) can take solace in knowing they hit the daily double in the draft.
Wilson and Gardner are favored to win the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, respectively, meaning they could join New Orleans Saints running back
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