5 biggest needs the NY Jets must address in the 2022 NFL Draft

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After yet another disappointing campaign, the NY Jets again find themselves looking to the draft to fill the holes on their roster, and while the 2022 edition of the NFL Draft comes with more optimism than usual, it’s time the Jets start hitting on their top draft picks.

With five picks inside the top 100, this is the year for the Jets to finally back up their solid free agency by finding five prospects ready to play in the NFL right now, and if they can do that, the slow climb from cellar dwellers in the AFC might become a bit quicker.

After Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Elijah Moore in 2021, what should the Jets do? On draft night, no one truly has any idea how the draft will play itself out, but what we can do is take a look at the five needs that the Jets MUST fill in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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1. The NY Jets must address edge rusher

While the Jets have struggled to find a quarterback since Chad Pennington, they’ve at least had some successful years, but edge rusher is a spot that the Jets haven’t had any success with in quite some time.

Fortunately, possessing a top-four pick in the 2022 NFL Draft will help the Jets, as there are plenty of names on the board. But none pop up on Jets mock drafts quite like the special talent that is Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Head coach Robert Saleh has made no secret of the fact that his defense is predicated on getting to the QB, so if the Jets can pair a blue-chip prospect with the returning Carl Lawson and ever-improving Quinnen Williams, he will get exactly what he desires.

The draft board will 100 percent dictate what the Jets will do at No. 4, but unless something goes disastrously wrong, Joe Douglas will take an edge rusher with pick No. 4 or No. 10.