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

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9. Denver Broncos: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

There's a lot of buzz right now that Cincinnati's Ahmad Gardner is the near-consensus CB1 in this class — and I'll buy those rumors. Gardner has probably the best tape of any cornerback in this draft class and he has the physical tools to back it up.

The Broncos could go QB here, but I'd expect them to be heavily involved in the veteran market (Aaron Rodgers anyone?). Instead, they add another young stud to pair with Patrick Surtain II in their secondary.

10. New York Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Jets continue their commitment to building around Zach Wilson by drafting him a shiny new playmaker on offense. Ohio State's Garrett Wilson is tailor-made for Mike LaFleur's offensive system and would add another big-play element to the Jets' offense.

Elijah Moore showed signs of stardom as a rookie while Corey Davis has the potential to be a good No. 2 receiver. A trio of Wilson, Moore, and Davis should be enough to get Jets fans excited.

11. Washington Commanders: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

It feels weird typing "Washington Commanders." I'm sorry, I just had to get that out of the way. Anyway, the *Commanders* are on the clock and they draft the second QB of the first round in Liberty's Malik Willis.

Taylor Heinicke isn't the future, and if Washington isn't able to land a veteran, they'll likely be forced to turn to the draft. Willis is a polarizing prospect who likely shouldn't start right away, but he has the upside teams will be looking for in this weak quarterback class.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Derek Stingley Jr.'s stock has fallen quite a bit with rumors that NFL teams have serious concerns about his 2021 season, and with good reason. Still, he's an undeniable talent that Vikings fans should be very happy to land at this spot.

The Vikings have been burned by first-round cornerbacks in recent years with Mike Hughes and Jeff Gladney flopping badly. But they need secondary help and Stingley has All-Pro potential.

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