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5 best first-round scenarios for the NY Jets in the 2022 NFL Draft

NY Jets, Kayvon Thibodeaux
NY Jets, Kayvon Thibodeaux / [Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard] / USA
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NY Jets, Ikem Ekwonu
NY Jets, Ikem Ekwonu / Mark Brown/GettyImages

2. Another great scenario for the NY Jets would be offensive line/edge rusher

The Jets may seem set on the offensive line, but with questions about Mekhi Becton’s health and George Fant looking for a potentially big deal next offseason, this would be a great place to find the team's left tackle of the future.

If Thibodeaux and Aidan Hutchinson are off the board when the Jets are making their first choice, Ikem Ekwonu could very well be the selection. If Joe Douglas was to take a player like Jermaine Johnson at 10, it would be seen as a huge win to many.

This one is hugely dependent on the way that the top of the board plays out, but if the Jets left Day 1 of the draft with their left tackle of the future and someone who can get to the QB, then Jets fans should be very happy indeed.


3. Edge rusher/cornerback could be a great scenario for the NY Jets

While the Robert Saleh defense doesn’t rely on cornerbacks as much as others, the need is still there. If a talent the likes of Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner is on the board at pick No. 10, the Jets would need to take it into serious consideration.

Cornerback is a position the Jets could target early in Round 2, but Gardner is seen as one of the safest picks in the entire draft, and if the team can get a dominant edge rusher at No. 4, not many would complain about Sauce at No. 10 (if he's still there).

It’s hard to see the team going defense with both of their first-round picks, but if the board falls like this, Douglas wouldn’t be too upset. The two picks in Round 2 can be used to either move back into Round 1 or to get some assets on the other side of the ball.

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