The start of free agency went a long way in shaping the Jets’ plans for the 2022 NFL draft.
Joe Douglas addressed the needs of both sides of the ball during the first week of free agency. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, and the draft is the best time for New York to fill in any remaining holes.
Draft Wire’s latest mock draft has the Jets coming back late in the first round to get Zach Wilson a potentially dynamic weapon. Meanwhile, New York’s top two 10 picks are used to get more protection from Wilson and bolster the secondary.
Let’s take a closer look at who Draft Wire has the Jets drafting next month.
Round 1, Pick 4: NC State OL Ikem Ekwonu
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Ekwonu’s stock has ballooned to the point where some now project he will be picked ahead of Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, who entered the offseason as the consensus best offensive lineman in this year’s draft. The Jets taking Ekwonu at No. 4 might seem like a stretch given that they just signed Laken Tomlinson. However, George Fant’s contract is up at the end of next season and Mekhi Becton hasn’t shown that he can stay healthy. Building a wall around Wilson in the pocket remains a priority for New York.
Round 1, 10th pick (via SEA): LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.
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Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner might be a better fit than Stingley Jr. in the Jets’ secondary, but he leaves the Eagles off the board at No. 9 in this mock. Stingley Jr. is the best consolation prize New York could ask for, as the LSU cornerback has elite potential if he can stay healthy. Stingley Jr. was one of the main reasons LSU won a national championship in 2019. He has battled injuries the past two years, but still has coverage and ball skills that make him one of the top talents in the game. this year’s draft.
Round 1, 28th pick (via GB): Alabama WR Jameson Williams
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The Jets use their second-round draft capital to return to the first round and land a wide receiver who probably wouldn’t be on the board right now if he hadn’t suffered a torn ACL in the national championship game. Williams is one of the fastest receivers in this year’s draft. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands and is the kind of vertical threat New York currently lacks. It would be worth making this deal.[listicle id=679249]