NY Jets: 4 early 2022 NFL Draft prospects to keep an eye on

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4. Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

The tight end position should be one of the Jets' biggest points of emphasis this offseason. The organization has lacked a reliable player at the position since the days of Dustin Keller and the stop-gap options haven't been enough.

The Jets failed to address the position adequately this past offseason adding veteran Tyler Kroft to supplant a lackluster group led by Chris Herndon (who has since been traded) and Ryan Griffin.

But despite their lack of talent at the position, the Jets continue to heavily feature their tight ends. Through five weeks, Griffin is second on the team behind only Corey Davis in offensive snaps by skill players.

That absolutely cannot be the case in 2022, and there's really no excuse for it to be the case in 2021.

One exciting prospect who's making a strong case to be TE1 in the 2022 draft is Coastal Carolina's Isaiah Likely. Likely is one of the most important parts of a talented Coastal Carolina team that's currently ranked in the top-15 in the nation.

At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Likely has ideal size for the position that he blends with excellent athleticism. He's lined up anywhere from in-line to in the slot to even out wide on the boundary and could be a dangerous weapon for any NFL offense.

Likely might be the best pure route runner in this year's class, and although his blocking remains a work in progress, he's exactly the type of talent the Jets offense needs.