5 edge rushers the NY Jets can target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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4. If the NY Jets are patient at edge rusher, they could target George Karlaftis

Most fans by this point realize that the Jets need help on the edge and it should be one of their two first-round picks, but if Joe Douglas feels that a player is a reach at either No. 4 or No. 10, he can wait it out and look to pick up Purdue’s George Karlaftis.

While not as polished as the bigger names on the board, Karlaftis brings drive, energy, and athleticism, many of the same traits as Carl Lawson, so pairing the two together would be a fun time for all Jets fans to watch.

Given the Jets' overwhelming need to get to the QB, especially with their current lack of lock-down talent at cornerback, we should see edge be the first or second selection for the Jets, but if they can manufacture two talented players as well as Karlaftis, this would be a major win for Douglas and the Jets.

5. If the Jets wait until Day 2, they can target Boye Mafe

Despite being ranked in the top-10 edge rushers in the draft, as well as top-40 overall, Minnesota’s Boye Mafe flies well under the radar, and with picks No. 35 and No. 38 in the draft, he could be a very realistic Day 2 target for the Jets.

Mafe lacks the consistency to be considered a top edge rusher in the draft, but with his explosion and length, he will contribute to an NFL team immediately, and waiting for Mafe may allow the Jets to add significant talent in other areas too.

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It’s unlikely that the Jets wait until round two to address this need, but Mafe presents a very promising, full of upside prospect, and whoever drafts him will be incredibly happy, as he will come in, work hard and help a team right away.