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NY Jets address OL and EDGE early in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 4, 107th Overall, NY Jets: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

The Jets clearly have a type when it comes to linebackers. They aren't looking for the big-bodied, run-stuffers that populated the NFL two decades ago.

Instead, they're looking for smaller, nimble athletes who can fly from sideline to sideline and quickly shoot through gaps in run defense. Penn State's Brandon Smith fits that criteria.

He's actually larger than a lot of linebackers in this class at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds, but he combines that size with outstanding athleticism. Smith was clocked at running a 4.38 40-yard dash in high school and has only gotten faster in college.

There will be concerns about his ability to shed blocks at the next level — he's a work in progress. But Smith has the athletic upside the Jets are looking for at the linebacker position.

NY Jets make two huge offensive additions in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Round 4, 113th Overall, NY Jets: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

Even after adding Michael Carter in the fourth round of last year's draft, don't be surprised to see the Jets return to the running back well and add another one in the middle rounds of this year's draft.

What the Jets are really missing is a powerful, between-the-tackles runner — someone who can excel in short-yardage situations. Look no further than Alabama's Brian Robinson Jr.

Robinson stands at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, and thrives on inside runs where he can lower his shoulder and plow through defenders. After rushing for over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns at Alabama last season, it's a little surprising to see him still available at this spot.

A one-two punch of Carter and Robinson in the Jets' backfield could be a dynamic duo for years to come.

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