Round 4, 115th Overall, NY Jets: Nick Cross, S, Maryland
Another position the Jets are going to have to overhaul this offseason is the safety position. It seems unlikely that either Marcus Maye or Lamarcus Joyner returns in 2022 meaning that the team is realistically looking for two new starters.
Expect the Jets to come out swinging in pursuit of the top free agents at the position, but they could turn to the 2022 NFL Draft as well. Maryland's Nick Cross is an ideal fit for the Marcus Maye role in the defense.
At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Cross is a prototypical free safety with excellent physical tools and range. He's a hard hitter too and someone who's never afraid to get physical — Maryland even used him as a WILL linebacker at times.
Cross remains a work in progress from a technical perspective, both when it comes to his coverage and tackling skills. That said, he checks all the boxes the Jets look for in their safeties.
Round 5, 162nd Overall, NY Jets: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
The Jets traded away their first of two fifth-round picks leaving them with just the lone pick here in Round 5. With our final selection, we added bruising Alabama tailback Brian Robinson Jr.
At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, Robinson is a powerful, between-the-tackles runner who's next in a long line of successful Alabama running backs to make the transition to the NFL.
He's not an overly-dynamic athlete, but Robinson always fights for extra yards and has a nose for both the end zone and the first-down marker. That's exactly what the Jets are looking for.
Robinson could pair with Michael Carter to give the Jets a very promising young running back duo to build their running game around.