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

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Round 2, 38th Overall, NY Jets: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

In such a talented cornerback class, at least one or two typical first-round prospects are bound to fall to Day 2. That's what happened here with Florida's Kaiir Elam.

Elam is one of the many athletic freaks in this class standing at 6-foot-2, 193 pounds with the speed to match up with most NFL receivers. While most will point to his size and assume he'd be better off as a man-cover corner at the next level, he probably projects better in a zone-heavy defense.

That way he can make full use of his length, instincts, ball skills, and athleticism. He can absolutely line up in press-man from time to time, but with the Jets' zone-heavy defensive approach, Elam can be an excellent fit here in Round 2.

Pairing Elam up with Bryce Hall would give the Jets one of the best young cornerback duos in the NFL.

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Round 3, 69th Overall, NY Jets: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M

The Jets are going to need to address tight end in a big way this offseason. That starts in free agency, but it continues in the 2022 NFL Draft. Fortunately, there are a number of very intriguing prospects to target on Day 2.

In this scenario, we land a tight end who might just possess the most receiving upside of any tight end in this class. Jalen Wydermyer shined at Texas A&M as a playmaker twice being named a finalist for the John Mackey Award.

Despite forgoing his senior year, Wydermyer still holds Texas A&M records for all tight ends in career receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches. He was an offensive weapon through and through.

Wydermyer isn't the most accomplished blocker at this stage, but it's clear that he never shies away from contact and is a willing blocker. The more he improves in that area, the quicker he could continue his ascension toward the top of the tight end food chain.

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