NY Jets trade down, fix defense in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

There isn't a consensus WR1 in this year's class, but if not for Jameson Williams' torn ACL, more people would probably be talking about him in that conversation. Even with the injury, most don't expect it to affect his draft stock much, if at all.

An Ohio State transfer, Williams emerged as Alabama's No. 1 wide receiver in 2021 putting together a phenomenal season that was cut short due to injury. It wasn't a surprise when he was named first-team All-American following a 79-catch, 1,572-yard season.

Williams is a silky-smooth route runner who excels in the short, intermediate, and deep passing games. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Williams is a dynamic athlete with big-play potential every time he's on the field.

The Jets are looking for a player who could be their true WR1 both in 2022 and beyond, and Williams might just offer the team their best shot to find one in this draft class.

Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

The Jets went out and signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Jordan Whitehead in free agency, but that doesn't mean they're done addressing their safety room.

Ideally, the Jets could target a player who would complement Whitehead's skill set in the 2022 NFL Draft. Baylor's Jalen Pitre is an intriguing target to fill that role.

Pitre is a versatile chess piece who excelled as a do-it-all playmaker in Baylor's defense. He has sideline-to-sideline speed and natural instincts that make him dangerous, especially in zone coverage.

While he's not your prototypical center-field free safety, Pitre has the athleticism and range to thrive in a free safety role. He also has no problem defending the run and can be used in an interchangable role with Whitehead if need be.

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