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

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2. The NY Jets must address wide receiver

One of the biggest problems the Jets faced in the Sam Darnold era was a lack of weapons for the young USC prospect, and after taking Elijah Moore in 2021, Joe Douglas will make sure to not repeat that mistake, as a top wide receiver is a must in this draft.

Pairing a top prospect with Moore, Braxton Berrios, and Corey Davis gives Wilson plenty of weapons on the outside, but the biggest question Douglas and company face is not if to take a receiver, but which one.

With plenty of options to choose from, most mocks seemingly utilize the 10th overall pick to fill this need, and that narrows it down to either Drake London or Garrett Wilson (by most accounts), and many fans are divided on which would be a better fit for this team.

Wilson fits the style that Mike LaFleur and Robert Saleh prefer, but London brings the physicality on the outside. Either way, it appears that for the first time in a long time, the Jets will use a first-round pick on a receiver.

3. The NY Jets must address offensive tackle

The offensive line has been one of the Jets' biggest issues for years, and it’s why some believe Sam Darnold couldn’t be evaluated properly, but since Joe Douglas has taken over, he’s gone to work on repairing and rebuilding the Jets wall.

As of now, this line could be one of the best in the AFC, featuring two fantastic guards, a respectable center, and two tackles with all the potential in the world. But given how injury-prone 2020 first-round pick Mekhi Becton has been, this is a position the Jets should low-key look to fill.

Ikem Ekwonu is a potential pick at No. 4 if the top two edge rushers are off the board, but given all the needs the Jets have, it’s more than likely that one of the second-round picks will be used to fill this spot with a future starter.

This pick will divide fans, but with George Fant closing in on his 30s and reportedly seeking a huge deal in his upcoming free agency, this move is more for insurance than anything. But it’s still a need for the Jets, as they are one injury away from Conor McDermott starting yet again at tackle.