5 linebackers the NY Jets can target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. The NY Jets could target Utah’s Devin Lloyd

In 2021, the Jets severely struggled to make game-changing plays on defense, and while Devin Lloyd will take time to adjust to the NFL, he would bring just that in the middle of the field.

Some believe Lloyd sometimes has a tendency to take plays off, but when he is on, he can make a play in all phases of the game, and would bring instant energy to the Jets' new-look defense.

It’s likely that Lloyd will be taken somewhere in the 20s, but the Jets, starving for blue-chip difference-makers need to explore that option. He could be a team leader for years and years to come.

3. The NY Jets could target Chad Muma on day two

Chad Muma is one of the most instinctive defensive players in the upcoming draft with great eyes that allow him to be around the ball all the time. Adding a playmaker like that alongside C.J. Mosley to build as the future of the Jets' defense is a great idea for the team.

Muma grades out as a future starter, and while the Jets likely wouldn’t use a pick before No. 69 on him, if he does last until that pick, Joe Douglas would be silly not to draft a future leader and perhaps captain of this ever-improving defense.

Football IQ and tackling are two of Chad Muma’s greatest abilities. With a lack of experience and depth at linebacker, the Jets could sorely use someone like this. If Muma does last until pick No. 69 for the Jets to snatch him up, he could be one of the steals of the draft.