5 running backs the NY Jets could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. The NY Jets could target Georgia’s Zamir White

While Zamir White never had a statistical season that would shock anyone, he improved every season at Georgia. With 11 touchdowns and almost 900 yards on the ground in 2021, he looks ready to contribute at the next level.

White will likely be available on Day 3, and with so many great traits — notably vision, discipline, and ball security — he could still carve out a role in the Jets' offense.

It’s hard to imagine a better fit next to Michael Carter, and if the Jets can cover two to three of their biggest holes in the first two rounds, you may see another fourth-round gem of a running back taking center stage on Sundays for the Jets in 2022.

3. The NY Jets could target Kenneth Walker III

Kenneth Walker III was always a back who flashed great potential, but after making his way to Michigan State in 2021, he put it all together and showed the world what he’s capable of with 1,636 yards on the ground alongside 18 touchdowns.

Walker is one of the most talented backs in this year's draft, and if he is put in the ideal scenario, he has the potential to be the best running back in this class. Unfortunately for the Jets, that means that there is a chance he won’t be on the board if they don’t select him early.

This is probably the most unlikely on the list, but given the goal of Joe Douglas to surround Zach Wilson with as much talent as possible, pairing Michael Carter with a back who has all the tools in the world wouldn’t be a bad idea at any time outside of Round 1.