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2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets build around Zach Wilson, 3 QBs in the first round

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5. New York Giants: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The Giants are entering year one of what will likely be an extensive rebuild with new general manager Joe Schoen at the helm. Schoen comes from a Buffalo organization that knows just how important it is to build around your quarterback.

Daniel Jones may not be the answer, but Charles Cross should be a long-term starting tackle to pair with 2020 first-round pick Andrew Thomas who made significant strides this past season. The Giants finally have a GM who will prioritize the offensive line.

6. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The first quarterback is off the board, perhaps a little earlier than some would have expected. The Panthers completely bungled their quarterback situation last offseason, and I have little faith they'll do much better this offseason.

Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett is being dubbed the most pro-ready QB in this class and his history with Matt Rhule (he originally committed to Temple while Rhule was the coach) could be enough for the Panthers to pounce, especially if they miss out on adding a veteran starter again.

7. New York Giants: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

The Giants are back on the clock and they continue their emphasis on the trenches adding Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo. Ojabo was oftentimes overshadowed by Aidan Hutchinson at Michigan, but the uber-athletic pass rusher likely has an even higher ceiling.

The Giants kick off their rebuild by adding two players they could build around on either side of the ball. This is a home-run first round for Joe Schoen.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

The Atlanta Falcons manage to land perhaps the best and safest player in the draft for the second year in a row. Hamilton is a true freak of nature and the best safety prospect the NFL has seen in years.

Atlanta's defense needs work and adding a premium talent like Hamilton would do wonders. An Atlanta native, Hamilton went to high school just 19 miles away from Mercedes Benz Stadium making this somewhat of a homecoming.

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