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

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10. NY Jets (from Seattle Seahawks): Drake London, WR, USC

The rumors involving Tyreek Hill and the Jets confirmed that New York is seeking a top-tier wide receiver. And rightfully so. If the franchise hopes to make a real assessment of Zach Wilson, they must provide more skill position talent than the young QB suffered through in his rookie campaign.

The offseason acquisition of C.J. Uzomah and the emergence of Michael Carter and Elijah Moore will prove useful. But the franchise still needs a legitimate playmaker on the outside. Enter Drake London.

For the record, this was one of the most difficult predictions of this mock. The 2022 NFL Draft is absolutely stacked at the position. However, there does not appear to be a major difference among the top several prospects.

I, however, give London the edge. The consensus No. 1 WR on the board would be a welcome addition to New York's passing game. He is not quite the deep threat that Jameson Williams nor does he have the route running skills of Chris Olave, but his combination of size, speed, and athleticism, would fit nicely alongside a developing Wilson.

Need proof? London led all of college football in contested catches with 19. Pretty impressive right? Oh! He also missed time due to an ankle injury. This means he recorded those 19 catches in only eight games.

London fits the role of a "possession wide receiver." What better way to support your young QB than by giving him a target with the speed to get open consistently and the size and ball skills to make himself open even when he is defended closely?

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