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

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Round 3, 69th Overall, NY Jets: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State

The Jets are happy with the young cornerbacks they have on their roster, but there's always room to add more depth. Mississippi State's Martin Emerson has gotten somewhat overlooked in a pretty talented cornerback class, but expect to hear his name called within the first 80 or so picks.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Emerson has impressive length for the position and the instincts that helped him thrive in a zone-heavy Mississippi State system.

He's only a modest athlete which is why he's gotten overlooked to a degree, but Emerson has the skill set to excel in Robert Saleh's defensive scheme. His high football IQ and exceptional length allow him to jump into passing lanes and make plays in zone coverage.

Emerson could compete with the likes of Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols while adding further depth to a very young Jets cornerback room.

Round 4, 111th Overall, NY Jets: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

Michael Carter broke out in 2021 and emerged as the Jets' undisputed RB1, but the team doesn't see him as someone who's going to ever be a bell-cow back. The Jets very much want a running back rotation.

They brought back Tevin Coleman and will return the likes of Ty Johnson and Austin Walter, but the Jets are really missing some physicality from their backfield rotation. Alabama's Brian Robinson Jr. would fix that problem instantly.

At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, Robinson is a bruising tailback who could be next in a long line of talented Alabama running backs to find success at the NFL level. Robinson thrives as a short-yardage back with the power to run through would-be tacklers when he gets downhill.

On top of that, Robinson is a very impressive pass blocker for a player his age making him even more valuable. He would be a steal in the fourth round.