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

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

Another Penn State prospect who should test well at the event is linebacker Brandon Smith. Smith is more of an athlete than a football player at this stage of his career, but that profile lends itself well to Combine testing.

He's just about on par with former teammate Micah Parsons from an athletic standpoint, and while he still has a lot of work to do on the field, Smith is someone the Jets (or any other team) could fall in love with given his ridiculous size and athleticism.

14. NY Jets target: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State

Troy Andersen is another size/athleticism combo linebacker who should test very well. Unlike Smith, however, Andersen doesn't have the pedigree of coming from a big school.

The Montana State product played everywhere from quarterback to running back to linebacker in college and could further make a name for himself with a strong performance in Indianapolis.

15. NY Jets target: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA

Tariq Woolen might just steal the show at this year's NFL Combine. Standing at a whopping 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Woolen is a converted wide receiver who might simultaneously be the tallest and fastest cornerback in this draft class.

Woolen was clocked at running 22.45 mph during the Senior Bowl which is the fastest time ever recorded at the event. He's undoubtedly raw, but the Combine will be his moment to shine. Think Obi Melifonwu from a few years ago.

16. NY Jets target: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

If not Woolen, the fastest cornerback in this year's class might be Kyler Gordon. Overshadowed by teammate Trent McDuffie, Gordon could emerge from the shadows with a stellar showing at the Combine.

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Gordon competed in martial arts and national dance competitions growing up, and that athleticism could translate to testing numbers. Don't be surprised if Gordon sneaks into Round 1 consideration as a result of his Combine performance.

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