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NY Jets: 4 potential Marcus Maye replacements in the 2022 NFL Draft

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NY Jets, Tykee Smith
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3. NY Jets draft target: Tykee Smith, S, Georgia

Tykee Smith isn't the biggest or most athletic safety — quite the contrast from the player we just talked about. But what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with versatility and attitude.

Standing at just 5-foot-10, 198 pounds (it's likely that weight is inflated a little), Smith was a two-year starter at West Virginia before transferring to Georgia this past March.

Now, as part of a talented Georgia secondary, Smith has a chance to emerge as a future first-round pick if he plays his cards right.

The West Virginia coaching staff asked Smith to line up all over the defense. From safety to slot cornerback to even linebacker (yes, even at his size), Smith was the Mountaineers' swiss army knife.

And with Georgia, the Philadelphia native is expected to play the team's STAR position which will make good use of his versatility.

Smith isn't a perfect replacement for Maye like Pola-Mao might be. He doesn't have the same range or athletic traits. But the Jets already have a rangy, athletic freak of safety in Ashtyn Davis.

If Davis plays well in 2021 and solidifies himself as a long-term starter, Smith might make a lot of sense for Gang Green.

At the very least, Joe Douglas values versatility so it wouldn't be a surprise if Smith was on the team's radar regardless.

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