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

NY Jets, Derek Stingley Jr.
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NY Jets, Kaiir Elam
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1. The NY Jets could target cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft

The one position on the Jets' roster that remains the weakest is without a doubt cornerback. The Jets opted not to address the position until Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft when they added a trio of young cornerbacks to the roster.

But as it stands now, they'd be fortunate to come away with one or two long-term pieces out of the current crop of players they have.

Bryce Hall and Blessuan Austin are penciled in as the starters on the boundary while fifth-round rookie Michael Carter II is expected to compete with former undrafted free agent Javelin Guidry for the starting nickel role.

There's also 2021 rookies Jason Pinnock and Brandin Echols as well as the likes of Lamar Jackson, Isaiah Dunn, and Elijah Campbell.

Even if one or two of those players manages to establish themselves as a long-term building block in 2021 (something that's far from a certainty), the Jets will still likely address the position in the offseason.

Fortunately, the 2022 cornerback class looks pretty strong on paper.

LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. is the consensus top option and has been considered one of the best players in college football since exploding onto the scene as a true freshman.

Outside of him, keep an eye on Florida's Kaiir Elam, Cincinnati's Ahmad Gardner, Clemson's Andrew Booth Jr., Ohio State's Sevyn Banks, and Alabama's Josh Jobe.

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Expect cornerback to be a top priority for the Jets in the 2022 NFL Draft, regardless of what happens this season.