Wednesday, April 13, 2022

New York Jets 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Jets from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jets:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)

4. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

I'm not buying a Thibodeaux drop. He might be the most talented prospect in this class. The Jets have to add some juice to their pass rush, and this is the spot to do it. It's also not out of the question that they take a receiver here -- Drake London or Garrett Wilson? -- because their top guy might be off the board by the time they pick at No. 10.

10. Drake London, WR, USC

If the Jets can pull this off -- a top-tier receiver here and a high-upside edge rusher at No. 4 -- shouldn't they be considered one of the most improved teams of the offseason? I like what they've done, and they haven't had to break the bank. Of course, that doesn't mean they're going to be AFC East contenders just yet. London is a 6-foot-4 target who will dominate in the red zone and pull down 50-50 balls to boost Zach Wilson's completion percentage.

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

4. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jets have spent capital on the offensive line in past drafts but the unit is still not to the level it needs to be. And if they want to continue to develop second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, they need to continue to solidify the offensive line.

Evan Neal will be able to play either right or left tackle, which will allow for the Jets to find the best offensive line combination on game day. Hopefully, they perform at a higher level than what they did in the past.

10. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Jets continue to make this draft about Wilson. With their first pick, they drafted an offensive tackle to help protect him. And with this pick, they select receiver Chris Olave.

Olave has shown to have the speed to run past defenders and become a big-play threat. This should pair up well with Wilson, who is waiting for the opportunity to throw the ball to a legit deep threat who can make spectacular plays down the field. - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

4. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Taking Gardner here gives the Jets the top CB in the class while allowing them to search for a talented pass rusher at No. 10 overall.

10. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Johnson is a plus run defender who flashed exciting upside as a pass-rusher at the Senior Bowl.

CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)

4. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

I prefer Ekwonu but the Jets likely view this pick as a starting right tackle with the option to be a failsafe if Mekhi Becton can't bounce back and/or stay healthy.

10. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Some Jets reporters have suggested they won't take a cornerback but I think they'd have to take a long, hard look at "Sauce" with the 10th pick if he fell this far.

PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)

4. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Despite his slower-than-expected 40-yard dash, Hamilton is still one of the most explosive athletes in the class, and he combines supreme length with fantastic eyes in coverage.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was a true playmaker at Notre Dame and should be the same in the NFL. He totaled 22 combined pass breakups and interceptions in his three-year college career, and only five Power Five safeties recorded more than 15 over that span.

10. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Karlaftis defines power. He pairs that power with some of the best hand usage in the class and an explosive get-off that makes life tough on opposing offensive tackles.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder showed a lot of promise as an underclassman and maximized his full potential as a true junior, displayed by his 90.6 pass-rush grade this season.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)

4. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The Jets need pass-rushers. Carl Lawson will return after tearing his Achilles in training camp last season, but they need more talent and depth. The franchise hasn't had a player reach double-digit sacks since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2015.

Pairing Thibodeaux alongside Lawson gives the Jets a formidable tandem moving forward.

10. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

General manager Joe Douglas is one of the most tight-lipped executives in the league -- basically, pay attention to his actions rather than his quotes. After making an aggressive move for Tyreek Hill, it's clear that he wants a high-end receiver on the roster. Wilson brings ability reminiscent of Stefon Diggs when he came out of Maryland.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)

4. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Walker is something of a tweener, which is odd to say about someone who stands 6-foot-5, and weighs 275 pounds. But he can line up as a 3, 4 or 5-tech and that versatility, coupled with his non-stop motor and consistent playmaking ability, makes him an attractive option for any team looking to bolster their defensive line. Walker's stock has skyrocketed during the pre-draft process and he's just scratching the surface on how good could he can be. He has flashed on tape, but he also played on a Georgia defense that could end up with 4-5 first-round picks, and his combine performance -- a 4.51 40, a vertical of 35.5 inches and a mind-boggling 3-cone of 6.89 seconds -- only reminded people of why he has a chance to be special.

10. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Penning plays with an edge and the sole intent is to prove any remaining doubters wrong. He had a strong season and a dominant-at-times Senior Bowl week, and he could end up going in the top half of the first round when all is said and done.

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