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

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4. The NY Jets could target Georgia’s James Cook

We’ve already talked about one of Georgia’s running backs, so why not the other? Although different players, James Cook, the younger brother of Dalvin, has just as much talent and potential, even if his production didn’t quite match that of Zamir White in 2021.

Cook thrives in a scheme that allows him to play to his strengths. Pairing him with Michael Carter to balance out the Jets' backfield might be the best fit of anyone in this draft, and if Cook is available when the Jets are picking in Round 4, you have to imagine that they could jump at the opportunity.

The Jets are looking to construct a roster built for long-term success around Zach Wilson, and finding another young back without much wear and tear on his body would be the ideal situation for the team.

If they don’t go with one of the top-tier backs like Walker or Hall, James Cook might be the best overall fit for this team.


5. The NY Jets could target Isaiah Spiller

Isaiah Spiller had a fantastic college career at Texas A&M, with three very productive seasons, and while he’s not as highly regarded as some other backs in this draft, he is every bit as talented and will contribute to an NFL team immediately.

Michael Carter is an elusive, yet powerful back for the Jets, and Spiller offers nothing but brute force and power. Combining the two could give the Jets a backfield with more talent and versatility than they've had in a long time.

Spiller ammassed almost 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his college career, and did so in a very tough SEC. If anyone is built for the NFL, it’s him.

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The Jets may have themselves a conundrum when it comes to pick No. 69 or No. 111 as there are plenty of great backs, but Spiller might be the best of them all.

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