2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets fix defense, Jaguars make surprise No. 1 pick

NY Jets, 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Kayvon Thibodeaux
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

A new No. 1 pick reigns atop our mock draft, and his name is Ikem Ekwonu. Ekwonu's stock has been soaring in recent months and that continued with a very strong showing at the Combine.

The Jacksonville Jaguars' top priority this offseason should be to build around Trevor Lawrence and Ekwonu provides an NFL-ready skill set with All-Pro upside. He replaces Evan Neal as our new No. 1 pick overall pick.

2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

This pick remains unchanged from our last mock as, even though they missed out on the top pick, the Detroit Lions might still be able to grab the best player on their board.

Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson is a blue-chip pass rusher prospect who would give the Lions a true centerpiece to build around on defense. He's not quite Nick Bosa level, but he isn't far off either.

3. Houston Texans: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton is my personal top prospect in this class. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Hamilton is a monstrous safety prospect who didn't have quite the Combine performance most were expecting but still possesses the absurd athleticism to see him go this high.

Hamilton becomes the first safety to be selected in the top-three since Eric Turner back in 1991. In a draft class devoid of many true superstar talents, Hamilton is probably the best of them all. Position value be damned.

4. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Jets head coach Robert Saleh is desperate to find his next Nick Bosa, a star pass rusher that would help unlock a Jets defense that was downright bad in 2021. Kayvon Thibodeaux isn't Nick Bosa, but he can still have a similar effect.

Don't buy the rumors of Thibodeaux's motor running cold. Remember the pre-draft personality concerns about fellow Oregon prospect, Justin Herbert? Trust the tape. Trust the talent.