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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 4 Target: Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati)

Myjai Sanders' draft journey has been somewhat of a rollercoaster over the last few months. Despite playing at roughly 250 pounds at Cincinnati and weighing in at 242 pounds at the Senior Bowl, Sanders showed up to the NFL Combine weighing just 228 pounds.

A previously undisclosed illness caused him to lose almost 20 pounds within the span of a few weeks and it's hard to say how that affected his draft stock. Nonetheless, going off his college tape, Sanders is someone to keep an eye on.

Sanders is another high-upside, physically talented edge rusher. He has an elite first step with long arms that allow him to navigate around opposing offensive linemen.

Combine that with his raw athletic talent and bend and you have a player who could become a very effective pass rusher at the next level. If he's still there on Day 3, the Jets should certainly have him high on their draft board.

NY Jets Round 5 Target: Tyreke Smith (Ohio State)

A former highly-touted recruit, Tyreke Smith's production never matched his potential at Ohio State. That doesn't mean he wasn't still an effective player though.

While seven sacks in three years isn't exactly impressive production, Smith was one of Ohio State's better pass rushers during his time in Columbus. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, Smith has good size for the position and is likely best fit in an attacking 4-3 scheme like the Jets'.

Injuries ultimately curbed Smith's production at Ohio State as he played more than eight games just once during his four years in college. But when healthy, he's proven to be a more-than-capable edge defender.

Smith has a hot motor and enough upside to warrant a selection here on Day 3. If the Jets are looking for a rotational defensive end who could develop into a future starter, Smith makes sense as a fifth-round target.

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