4. Do the NY Jets see any players worth trading back into Round 1 for?
Every year, players that are projected to be high draft picks slip through the first round, and this year there are a few candidates such as any of the top wide receivers, LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr., and Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum.
One decision Joe Douglas will have to make before the draft is if the Jets will look to be aggressive and slide back into Round 1 to get another stud, despite already having two picks within the first round.
The team was able to get Elijah Moore early in the second round in 2021, but the temptation to get another top-tier player that can help the team in 2022 may be too much to pass up.
In fact, Mel Kiper recently published a mock draft that has the Jets doing exactly that for Linderbaum. And as more protection for Zach Wilson is always a smart move, this would be one most Jets fans would enjoy.
5. How early do the NY Jets look to add depth at cornerback, tight end, and running back?
While not all of Joe Douglas’ top draft picks have panned out, he has been able to find great depth and even some starters in the fourth round and beyond in two drafts, and this year being no different, he will need to address depth at running back, tight end, and cornerback.
Michael Carter was picked in Round 4 of the 2021 NFL Draft, and the Jets added depth with Tevin Coleman, but adding youthful legs in the backfield to pair with Carter should be a big draft priority, especially after he went down injured during the 2021 season.
The same can be said for cornerback, as Douglas has found Bryce Hall, Michael Carter II, and Brandin Echols in the late rounds, and while that’s plenty of talent alongside D.J. Reed, depth at such a vital position never hurts.
The final position the Jets need depth at is now tight end, as even though they signed both Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah, a young player to develop alongside two veterans would help immensely.
Joe Douglas has plenty of work to do, and while filling holes at the top of the draft is a priority, it’s these depth pieces that could help the Jets most of all, so Douglas needs to make a big decision on when the organization should start to fill out the team with depth.