3 dream players who the Ravens should hope will fall to pick No. 14

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Ahmad Gardner #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

3. Sauce Gardner

Who wants the Sauce? Baltimore does.

Ahmad Gardner made out to be a fairly reachable prospect early in the offseason, but his stock has since skyrocketed and he’s currently being eyed by several teams.

Widely considered the top cornerback in this year’s draft, Gardner presents a starting-caliber option for Baltimore who lost perhaps too much of its secondary unit this free agency. Anthony Averett, Chris Westry, and Tavon Young all found new homes in 2022, leaving the Ravens desperately thin at cornerback.

This season, Baltimore will get a boost in the return of Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, but God forbid one of them gets injured, it’ll be like 2021 all over again.

Lamar Jackson, ever the stubborn recruiter, recently told Gardner to join the Ravens this year, but it’s not exactly up to him. Arguably more so than any other NFL team, the Ravens are seeking cornerback reinforcements to improve their abysmally ranked pass defense from last season, and Gardner poses as an obviously elite but slightly out-of-reach addition.

NFL’s Daniel Jeremiah recently ranked the Cincinnati product as the third overall prospect in the entire draft class, and Baltimore should be praying to the heavens that Gardner miraculously falls down to No. 14.