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14 players the NY Jets can target on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft

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8. NY Jets target: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

If athleticism and raw talent were all it took to get drafted high, Penn State's Brandon Smith might just have been a top-10 pick. Unfortunately, his lack of refinement has scared some teams away.

Smith pairs a 6-foot-3, 250-pound frame with 4.52 speed to give him one of the most intriguing physical skill sets in this draft. He's a project and some believe he's more of an edge rusher than a true linebacker, but Smith could absolutely be in play on Day 3.

7. NY Jets target: Darian Kinnard, OT/OG, Kentucky

A three-year starter and Consensus All-American in 2021, Kentucky's Darian Kinnard enters the NFL with ample experience under his belt. He spent most of his college career at right tackle, but many believe his best fit is at guard in the NFL.

Kinnard is a bully in the run game with a large frame (6-foot-5, 322 pounds) and natural physical tools. He's probably not a day-one starter, but that's perfectly fine for a Jets team that already has its five starters set.

6. NY Jets target: John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas

Travis Jones was my preferred Foley Fatukasi replacement, but Arkansas' John Ridgeway should do just fine too. At 6-foot-5, 321 pounds, Ridgeway is a tall and powerful defensive lineman who projects best as a nose tackle/1-technique in the NFL.

Ridgeway could step in and immediately compete for snaps as a rookie, likely playing on early downs at least to start.

5. NY Jets target: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

The thought of Mekhi Becton and Daniel Faalele on the same roster is enough to strike fear into the hearts and minds of opposing teams. Faalele stands at a massive 6-foot-8, 384 pounds, and has the upside of a first-round prospect.

The Australian-born Faalele has only been playing the position for a few years now. The sky is truly the limit for Faalele, but do the Jets value him enough?

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