NY Jets: 4 positions the team could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. The NY Jets could target offensive line in the 2022 NFL Draft

The offensive line overhaul continued this offseason with the selection of USC standout Alijah Vera-Tucker with the 14th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

For the second consecutive season, the Jets drafted an offensive lineman in the first round showing their commitment to finally fixing what has long been one of the biggest weaknesses on the roster.

But while Mekhi Becton and Vera-Tucker should serve as excellent long-term building blocks, the Jets are still searching for answers at the other three positions on the offensive line.

Connor McGovern will return in 2021 after a somewhat disappointing first season in New York. But he's only signed through 2022 and the Jets could feasibly get out of his contract after this season.

The Jets are high on George Fant in Mike LaFleur's system, but he's likely nothing more than a stop-gap for the time being. And the right guard position is a bit of a jumbled mess — unless someone like Cameron Clark can step up and claim the job.

The Jets might return to the offensive line pool again in 2021, and there are a few players they could consider. Alabama's Evan Neal is the consensus top offensive tackle and a player who could end up being a top-10 pick.

Pairing the 6-foot-7, 360-pound Neal with Becton would give the Jets a monstrous tackle duo.

Penn State tackle Rasheed Walker, Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green, Iowa guard/center Tyler Linderbaum, TCU tackle Obinna Eze, Washington State tackle Abraham Lucas, Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross, and Notre Dame center Jarrett Patterson could all be options as well.