The New York Jets saw their fourth overall pick Ahmad «Sauce» Gardner and 10th overall pick Garrett Wilson win AP Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year, respectively, at the NFL Honors awards Thursday night in Phoenix.

Gardner not only eliminated the competition with his fellow rookies, but he might already be the best cornerback in all of football. He became the first rookie cornerback to earn first-team honors since Ronnie Lott as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 1981.

Lott became a Hall of Famer after 10 Pro Bowls, six All-Pros, and four Super Bowls. Yes, it’s too early to predict that Gardner will have the same success, but it’s certainly a good start.

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Garrett Wilson #17 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Garrett Wilson #17 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Gardner did not allow a touchdown all season, nor did he allow a touchdown in his entire college career in Cincinnati.

Gardner’s draft pick was a clear home run for general manager Joe Douglas. The rookie phenom is a key piece of what a Jets team vying for a playoff spot next season could and should be, and he’s certainly a contender for a lifetime Jet.

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Wilson had to deal with three quarterbacks this season in Zach Wilson, Mike White and Joe Flacco, yet he still had 1,103 yards on 83 receptions (147 targets) with four touchdowns in 17 games.

New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner

New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Wilson’s route hauling and speed were clear attributes that made him a top NFL Draft prospect and the Jets made him the second off-the-board receiver when it came time to re-draft.

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Though he wasn’t starting right away, Wilson quickly became the Jets’ top dog in the receiving room, and there’s no reason to expect him to be any less once next season rolls around.

You’d think it’s the first time in NFL history that a team has had both awards go to its team’s players, but it’s happened twice before.

garrett wilson

garrett wilson (Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)

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First, the Detroit Lions had cornerback Lem Barney and running back Mel Farr win the award in 1967. The New Orleans Saints saw cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara win the awards in 2017.