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NY Jets land star EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 4, 109th Overall, NY Jets: Verone McKinley, S, Oregon

Another position that rivals tight end for the weakest on the roster is safety. It's unclear if there is a single safety on the Jets roster who will be counted on to fill a prominent role in 2022.

Even if they address the position in free agency (which they likely will), it would make sense to also turn to the 2022 NFL Draft as well. Oregon's Verone McKinley could be a day-one starter that they don't have to draft on Day 1.

McKinley is a true center-field safety who possesses the range and instincts to be a real difference-maker in the Jets' defense. In reality, I was surprised he was still available at this spot.

After adding Kayvon Thibodeaux in the first round, the Jets draft another Oregon defensive player here in Round 4.

Round 4, 121st Overall, NY Jets: Damone Clark, LB, LSU

Another position the Jets will need to address in someway this offseason is linebacker. While C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams will likely stick around in 2022, the position is still a weak spot on the defense.

Someone like LSU's Damone Clark fits the mold of what the Jets are looking for at linebacker. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Clark is a little bigger than a typical Robert Saleh linebacker, but he has the sideline-to-sideline speed necessary to excel in the Jets' defense.

A highly-touted recruit, Clark originally failed to live up to expectations at LSU before a breakout senior season saw him emerge as one of their best players. In 12 games, Clark managed a whopping 135 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

He finished second in the FBS in total tackles and more than held his own in coverage. Clark could be a perfect linebacker target on Day 2 or 3 for the Jets.

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