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10 NFL Draft prospects NY Jets fans should watch during conference championship weekend

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1. NY Jets draft target: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The SEC Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama likely features the most extensive collection of NFL prospects you're going to find in a game this weekend — perhaps in any game this year.

One prospect who could be high on the Jets' radar is Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean. At 6-foot, 220 pounds, Dean is undersized but makes up for it with absurd athleticism, agility, and football instincts.

The Jets need linebacker help and Dean could go as early as the top-10 when all is said and done. Keep an eye on him later today.

2. NY Jets draft target: George Pickens, WR, Georgia

The Jets overhauled their wide receiver position in the offseason, but they could still look to target one in the 2022 NFL Draft. And while many will be eyeing Alabama's Jameson Williams and John Metchie III, the most interesting wide receiver prospect in this game is Georgia's George Pickens.

Pickens has received significant playing time since his freshman year in 2019 when he was named the MVP of the 2020 Sugar Bowl. He hoped to establish himself as one of the best wideouts in this year's class before a torn ACL suffered in spring practices sidelined him for the regular season.

He returned last week on a pitch count against Georgia Tech, but his snaps are expected to increase against Alabama. Returning from injury, Pickens has the most to gain or lose out of perhaps any prospect this weekend.

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