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

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5. New York Giants: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The best seasons in Giants franchise history have come with a dominant defensive pass rush. New York looks to recapture their past glory by grabbing Kayvon Thibodeaux with its first 2022 pick.

6. Carolina Panthers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Sam Darnold cannot be the long-term solution for Matt Rhule and company. The only question here is whether Carolina values Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett higher. I say Willis edges out the competition.

7. New York Giants (from Chicago Bears): Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC State

Ikem Ekwonu is considered by many to be the top OL in this draft. If the Giants indeed land Thibodeaux at pick No. 5, they will have instantaneously overhauled their interior lines.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The Matt Ryan trade signaled the beginning of a new era of Falcons football. While Marcus Mariota is a serviceable option, Atlanta will have a difficult time passing on one of the best QBs in the class.

9. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos): Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Seattle's rebuild leaves so many unanswered questions about the state and direction of the franchise. The team can alleviate one of these concerns by locking up their offensive tackle of the future.

Charles Cross will provide top-tier protection for whoever eventually fills the void left by Russell Wilson's departure.