4. The NY Jets could and should target Trent McDuffie
Keeping with the trend of cornerbacks the Jets could (and should) trade back into Round 1 to select, Trent McDuffie is another incredibly talented name to keep an eye on. The team is in need of genuine, top-tier talent, and while McDuffie won’t be choice No. 1, he is a great option nonetheless.
Mel Kiper has recently mocked him to the Ravens late in Round 1, but with so many late-round selections, the Jets may be able to tempt someone late on Day 1 to trade out for the Jets to land the former Washington Huskies star.
McDuffie hasn’t put up the numbers of some of the other top corners in this draft which speaks to his talent as a cover corner. And with three years as a starter in college under his belt, he has the experience, physical tools, and talent at the position to thrive from day one.
5. The NY Jets could target Tariq Woolen on Day 2 of the draft
Unlike Stingley, Tariq Woolen is an example of someone who is rising up draft boards, and while day one is a huge reach, the Jets could look to use pick No. 38 or No. 69 on the UTSA product, depending on how the rest of the board plays out.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Woolen would represent a perfect No. 1 on the outside for the Jets, and while he may not get a starting job in the NFL immediately, it wouldn’t take long for him to make his mark on the league.
Beyond Gardner, Woolen may be the most likely cornerback for the Jets to take, as he could realistically be had toward the back end of the second round. If he is able to be drafted without the Jets moving any assets, the 2022 NFL Draft will no doubt be seen as a huge win.