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NY Jets add star EDGE and OT in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

I didn't plan to go offensive line with this pick, but with Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross still on the board, the opportunity was too appealing to pass.

Cross might be the best pure pass-blocking left tackle in this draft class. He's an athletic wonder who ran an official 4.95 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Cross would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme like the Jets that would allow him to maximize his mobility.

While I don't think he'll ever be a truly dominant run blocker, his refinement as a pass protector is more than enough to see him drafted in the top-10.

The Jets would face a predicament with Mekhi Becton and George Fant already under contract, but ideally, the long-term plan would be to have Cross and Becton as your tackle duo of the future. Having too many good tackles is never a bad thing, especially with Becton's health concerns.

Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

It would be a surprise to see Chris Olave fall out of the first round entirely, but with so many talented wide receivers in this draft class, it's not out of the realm of possibility. One of these receivers is going to fall.

And they might just fall into the Jets' laps at the top of Round 2. Pairing Olave with the likes of Elijah Moore and Corey Davis would give the Jets a very appealing wide receiver trio to surround Zach Wilson with.

Olave is probably the smoothest route-runner in this year's class, and a player who also possesses blazing speed to boot. The Ohio State product ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and that speed absolutely shows up on tape.

Olave is an NFL-ready receiver who should instantly make an impact in any offense. The Jets would be landing a steal here on Day 2.

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