The NY Jets came away as one of the undisputed winners of Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft. When the lights shut off at the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, the Jets were left with three players who they believe will become franchise cornerstones.
Sauce Gardner and Jermaine Johnson will hope to revitalize a Jets defense that has seen better days. Meanwhile, the addition of Garrett Wilson gives the Jets another weapon for young quarterback Zach Wilson to utilize.
It's hard to have imagined the draft going any better for the Jets on night one. Yet, their work is far from over. The Jets still hold two picks on Day 2 including one at the top of the second round at pick 38.
This article will focus primarily on players the Jets could target with that 38th pick. Which prospects are still available? Who should the Jets target? Let's take a look at 18 top names.
18. NY Jets target: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
Surely the Jets wouldn't draft another edge rusher, would they? With Jermaine Johnson in the fold, the Jets are now legitimately six deep at defensive end with Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Johnson, Bryce Huff, Jacob Martin, and Vinny Curry.
Still, Minnesota's Boye Mafe is one of the best players still available and someone many believed could go on Day 1. Mafe has a high athletic ceiling and represents another high-upside edge rusher if the Jets choose to go in that direction.
17. NY Jets target: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
How about another cornerback? The strength of this draft class is undoubtedly at both pass rusher and cornerback so it isn't a surprise that many of the top names available play those positions.
Washington's Kyler Gordon is another player who many believed could be drafted on Thursday. Although overshadowed by Trent McDuffie in college, Gordon is a talented player, although it might be wise to invest draft capital elsewhere at this point.