NY Jets fix their defense in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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The NY Jets roster rebuild will continue this offseason as the team once again turns to the draft in an effort to add more young talent to the organization.

General manager Joe Douglas' second draft class with the Jets already looks incredibly promising with players like Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, Michael Carter, and even Michael Carter II looking like long-term building blocks.

Douglas and the Jets will hope to find similar success in the 2022 NFL Draft — a draft they are currently slated to have a total of nine picks in, with potentially as many as four in the top-40.

With the help of The Draft Network's Mock Machine, we ran through one possible scenario for the Jets in next year's draft. Here are our results.

Round 1, 4th Overall, NY Jets: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets currently have the luxury of having two top-five picks using the current draft order. With the potential to add two premier prospects, we first targeted a position the Jets somewhat ignored last offseason — cornerback.

In a supremely talented cornerback class, LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. can make a strong case to be the very best. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Stingley combines great size with rare athleticism and instincts to give him All-Pro potential in the NFL.

A foot injury has kept him sidelined for much of the 2021 season, but that hasn't done much to drop his stock. Bryce Hall has proven to be a long-term starter for Gang Green, but pairing him up with Stingley could give the Jets one of the best young cornerback duos in the league.

With Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Kyle Hamilton all off the board in this mock, Stingley was the next-best logical choice.