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NY Jets land Kayvon Thibodeaux and more in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

This is a relatively new name to some Jets mock draft frequenters, but Charles Cross is absolutely someone who will be in play for the Jets this draft season.

Only a redshirt sophomore, Cross already has two years of starting experience under his belt having logged more than 20 starts at left tackle during his time at Mississippi State.

Cross might just be the best pass-protecting offensive tackle in this class. At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Cross has excellent length and the athleticism to match up with even the freakiest and most agile edge rushers.

Projecting him as a right tackle could complicate matters which might leave the Jets in somewhat of a pickle with both Mekhi Becton and George Fant already on the roster. But Cross gives the Jets' insurance for Becton at left tackle and could even prompt the big man to switch sides.

Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Jaquan Brisker is a first-round prospect and likely the best safety in this class not named Kyle Hamilton. The plan wasn't initially to go safety in the second round, but with Brisker available, we had to pounce.

In most draft classes, Brisker would probably be a safe bet to be the top safety. There really isn't a single hole in his game. He's a superb run defender, has impressive range in coverage, and can play seemingly any role you throw at him on defense.

Brisker would be a perfect addition at the position no matter what player(s) the Jets add at safety in free agency. Need him to play a single-high or two-deep role? What about a rover linebacker down in the box? He's got you covered.

Brisker is a high-IQ, high-motor, highly-skilled defender who would be an asset to any NFL defense.

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