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2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets take a chance, 4 QBs go in the first round

NY Jets, Travon Walker
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NY Jets, Travon Walker
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4. New York Jets: Travon Walker, DE Georgia

Travon Walker's stock seems to be rising as quickly as any top-tier player. However, during the season of misdirections, one can't help but wonder if the increasing hype that has Walker going as high as No. 1 overall is more smoke than mirrors.

Don't get me wrong. The Georgia defensive end is absolutely a premier talent that led one of the best defensive units in college football history. I have already gone on the record saying that he is the best-case scenario for the Jets at No. 4. And I genuinely think New York is his most likely landing spot.

Jets' head coach Robert Saleh made a name for himself as the defensive coordinator for the San Fransico 49ers. During that time, his team's most successful seasons came when All-Pro defensive end Nick Bosa was at his best.

The ability to pressure the quarterback without blitzing was a trademark that led the Niners (and countless similar teams) to success in the regular and postseason.

What better way could the Jets build their identity than by investing a premium pick in an elite pass rusher? The combination of Walker and a returning Carl Lawson would give the Jets a top defensive line.

This could prove invaluable in a division with young quarterbacks Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa suiting up for other teams.

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