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

NY Jets, Ikem Ekwonu
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9. Seattle Seahawks: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The curious case of Kayvon Thibodeaux's draft stock will be one of the stories of draft night. In this scenario, he falls all the way to the Seahawks at pick No. 9, and Seattle couldn't be happier.

The Seahawks have never shied away from drafting players with perceived "character concerns" (no matter how silly they may be) and Thibodeaux has a chance to be one of the best players in this class.

10. New York Jets: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

The problem with drafting Ikem Ekwonu, among other things, is that the Jets are now unable to address either pass rusher or wide receiver early in the first round. But their love of Jermaine Johnson wins out here.

Johnson is reportedly a favorite of the Jets and the team probably has a better chance to land a promising wide receiver early on Day 2 (or even trade for Deebo Samuel) than they do an edge rusher close to Johnson's caliber.

11. Washington Commanders: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Commanders already have two excellent former Ohio State wide receivers on their roster in Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. Why not go for the trifecta?

Much like McLaurin and Samuel, Garrett Wilson is a versatile receiver who can play both on the outside and in the slot. Washington could form one of the better wide receiver trios in the NFL if they land Wilson at this spot.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Cornerback is the most pressing need here, but with Sauce Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. off the board, the Vikings decide to address another position in the secondary with one of the best players in this class.

It's hard to predict where Kyle Hamilton will actually be drafted, but how fun would it be for him to begin his career alongside another former Notre Dame safety in Harrison Smith?