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1 edge rusher the NY Jets can target in every round of the 2022 NFL Draft

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NY Jets Round 2 Target: Arnold Ebiketie (Penn State)

Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie is one of those under-the-radar players who may end up a surprise first-round pick. But if he's still there when the Jets are on the board early in the second round, he makes plenty of sense.

Born in Cameroon, Ebiketie moved to the United States at a relatively young age and attended Temple before transferring to Penn State in 2021. It was at Penn State that he began to emerge as one of the better edge rushers in the nation.

Ebiketie broke out as a senior racking up 9.5 sacks en route to earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Ebiketie wins with speed, twitchy athleticism, and an outstanding first step.

He would be an excellent fit in the Jets' attacking 4-3 front that would allow him to attack up the field by using his impressive speed and burst. Ebiketie is a very appealing second-round option.

NY Jets Round 3 Target: Sam Williams (Ole Miss)

Much like Ebiketie, Sam Williams is another player coming off a breakout 2021 season that allowed him to establish himself as one of the best edge rushers in this draft class.

Williams earned first-team All-SEC honors and was named third-team All-American this past season after finishing with 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in his final year at Ole Miss.

Williams is a much more refined pass rusher than run defender at this point in his career and he will likely be asked to play a rotational role early on, but his pass-rush upside is immense.

He's a good athlete with excellent flexibility and a high motor that should allow him to contribute early in his NFL career. A worthwhile target in the third round of the draft.

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