Today we bring you our fifth edition of our 2022 NFL Draft Match-Maker.
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner to the Minnesota Vikings:
The Minnesota Vikings have always been a team built on the defensive side of the football. The Vikings’ play, especially on the back half of their defense has dipped off lately.
The Vikings have truly missed high-end play out of the cornerback position. The cornerback position was a position the Vikings put high-end assets into.
Ahmad Gardner led the resurgence of the Cincinnati Bearcats program. Rarely will you find a cornerback in college football with a consistent high-level performance like Ahmad Gardner. Gardner did not allow a touchdown throughout his collegiate career.
I believe the Vikings going back to their roots and selecting a cornerback such as Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner is an NFL Draft match made in heaven.
Charles Cross to the New York Giants:
The New York Giants have tried several times to fix their offensive line issues, and the issues remain. Andrew Thomas appears to be a bust just two seasons into his career.
The Giants are sitting here with two 1st round selections, and I imagine the Giants revisit the offensive line.
Charles Cross was once viewed as a borderline 1st round pick with untapped potential. The more you watch the tape on Cross in 2021, you begin to see that potential realized.
When the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around, I anticipate Charles Cross is a hot name in NFL circles.
Charles Cross would be an ideal selection for the New York Giants and an immediate upgrade to benefit the next quarterback under center.
Kaiir Elam to the Baltimore Ravens:
Anyone who watched the Baltimore Ravens in 2021 will tell you that this team was horrific in pass defense. The Ravens, over the years, have prioritized big, physical cornerbacks who can play press-man defense.
Kaiir Elam has been one of the prospects on draft personnel radar for quite some time. Elam has the physical traits to match up with even the larger receivers at the NFL level.
The Baltimore Ravens drafting a player such as Kaiir Elam is too perfect not to happen.
Nicholas Petit-Frere to the Cincinnati Bengals:
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals put on a show in 2021. Many criticized the Bengals when they selected Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell. I don’t hear much criticism any longer.
Chase was as advertised and added another element to the Bengals’ offense. Now it is time to reinvest in their offensive line. The Bengals can find help in their own backyard.
Nicholas Petit-Frere has taken a step forward in 2021 and has developed into a 1st round talent at the offensive tackle position. I imaginNPF will perform well in the individual workouts, elevating his draft stock even higher.
The end game for the Cincinnati Bengals is keeping their franchise quarterback Joe Burrow upright. Selecting a player like Nicholas Petit-Frere goes a long way to strengthening their offensive line and making that goal a reality.