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

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Round 5, 145th Overall, NY Jets: Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State

After drafting Jahleel Billingsley just one round earlier, we decided to double-up at the tight end position adding one of the three finalists for the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) this season in Iowa State's Charlie Kolar.

It would be silly and irresponsible to throw around George Kittle comparisons. But if you're looking for someone who can fill that Kittle-lite role in Mike LaFleur's offense, it might just be Kolar.

The All-American is not quite the blocker that Kittle is, but it does remain one of the strengths of his game. And at 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, he has enough juice to be a mismatch for opposing defenses, especially when working the seem.

Billingsley and Kolar complement each other well giving the Jets two young tight ends to pair with whatever addition they made in free agency.

Round 5, 156th Overall, NY Jets: Ali Gaye, EDGE, LSU

The Jets have learned this season that you can never have too many edge rushers. And that ideology has followed Robert Saleh throughout his entire coaching career.

Even after adding George Karlaftis to a unit that already looks deep heading into 2022, the Jets double-up at pass rusher adding LSU's Ali Gaye. Gaye is a player who hasn't come close to reaching his ceiling yet.

Standing at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Gaye has excellent length and burst that gives him the pass-rushing upside of someone who should be taken much higher than the fifth round.

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His inconsistencies and overall rawness will cause him to drop, but if you're betting on upside, you can do a lot worse than Ali Gaye here in the middle of Day 3.