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16 potential NY Jets draft targets to watch at the 2022 NFL Combine

NY Jets, Kayvon Thibodeaux
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1. NY Jets target: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

Kayvon Thibodeaux's stock has fallen quite a bit over the last couple of months, but the NFL Combine presents him an opportunity to prove his naysayers wrong and climb back up draft boards.

Thibodeaux should tear up the athletic testing portion of the event, but the interviews will be most crucial. With supposed concerns about his attitude, Thibodeaux could prove to teams that any talks of his poor demeanor are overblown.

2. NY Jets target: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton could set some records at this year's Combine. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound safety is a physical freak who should feel right at home in this setting.

Simply put, events like this were made for players like Hamilton. He's already a likely top-10 pick — perhaps he can solidify his top-five status with an expectedly dominant performance at the Combine.

3. NY Jets target: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Trent McDuffie has been somewhat overlooked in a class full of physical freaks at the cornerback position. McDuffie isn't going to test as well as the likes of Ahmad Gardner, Andrew Booth, or Kaiir Elam.

That said, he could win some folks over with his interviews. Keep an eye on what his measurements come back as — that could determine if teams view him as a slot-exclusive prospect or someone who could start on the boundary.

4. NY Jets target: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Much like Kyle Hamilton, prospects like Tyler Linderbaum were made for the NFL Combine. Apart from Hamilton, Linderbaum might be the only unanimous top player at his position in this draft class.

Linderbaum incredible athleticism will be on display for the whole football world to see, and with a strong showing, he could continue to improve his draft stock. Position value be damned.

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