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

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2. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Cornerback seemed like a much more glaring need before the season started, but now that might not be the case. Most have been pleasantly surprised by the play of the Jets' young cornerbacks with the likes of Bryce Hall and Michael Carter II impressing through five weeks.

But this is still a very inexperienced secondary and the odds of the team finding their long-term starters on Day 3 remain very slim. The Jets could certainly still address the position early in 2022.

LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. was the consensus CB1 on most boards going into the season, but an early-season foot injury has sidelined him indefinitely and could cause his draft stock to fall.

Stingley isn't the only highly-touted cornerback expected to be available, however. Florida's Kaiir Elam is quickly making a case to be the top cornerback in this class and it isn't hard to see why.

Elam has all the makings of a superstar cornerback. He stands at 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, and combines that superb size with excellent athleticism and short-area quickness.

Elam has the closing speed to keep up with any NFL wide receiver and the size to match up with tight ends. His run defense isn't the best, but he's much more technically sound than you'd expect for a player with his athletic gifts.

Kaiir Elam could be a surefire top-10 pick before long, and that might fall right in the Jets' range in the first round.

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