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2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets build trenches, multiple surprises, and more

NY Jets, Ikem Ekwonu
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NY Jets, Ikem Ekwonu
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

The meteoric rise of Travon Walker has been fascinating to watch. It seems pretty clear to most at this point that he will, indeed, be the first overall pick in this year's class.

While Walker is far from a finished product, the Jaguars (read: Trent Baalke) seem to be enamored with his physical traits. Jacksonville shoots for the stars with a pick that will make Trent Baalke look like either a genius or a laughing stock.

2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

There's some late buzz around Kayvon Thibodeaux going to the Lions with this pick, but I'm not buying it. I still think they stick to their guns and select a local Michigan hero in Aidan Hutchinson.

Long viewed as the favorite to go No. 1, the Lions should be thrilled to see the Jaguars pass on him. Hutchinson could transform Detroit's defense and kick-start a new era of Lions football.

3. Houston Texans: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

We've come full circle with Derek Stingley Jr. A week ago, there were rumors that he could fall completely out of the top-10. Now, he's the odds-on favorite to go to the Texans at pick No. 3.

Stingley's red flags are as evident as his natural talent. The Texans would be taking a chance on Stingley returning to his 2019 form, but it might just be worth the risk.

4. New York Jets: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

This isn't the pick I would make, but it is the one that seems most likely at this time. The Jets are reportedly in love with Ikem Ekwonu and their lack of faith in Mekhi Becton is as apparent as it is startling.

General manager Joe Douglas makes the decision to move on from Becton prematurely as the Jets land a player who they hope could help solidify the future of their offensive line.

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