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

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Round 5, 145th Overall, NY Jets: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida

The Jets could look to add further depth to their backfield, and a player like Dameon Pierce has exactly the skill set they're probably looking for.

Ideally, the Jets want a player who can complement Michael Carter and serve as more of a short-yardage, between-the-tackles runner. Pierce could absolutely fill that role in the Jets' offense.

At 5-foot-10, 215 pounds, Pierce is a tough, physical runner with a thick lower half that makes him difficult to tackle on first contact. He lacks elite speed or athleticism, but that shouldn't prevent him from carving out a role with the Jets.

A duo of Carter and Pierce would be fun to watch, but certainly not fun for opposing defenders. Good luck tackling either of them on first contact.

Round 5, 162nd Overall, NY Jets: Eyioma Uwazurike, DT, Iowa State

One of the more underrated needs for the Jets this offseason is at defensive tackle. With Folorunso Fatukasi seemingly likely to depart in free agency, the Jets need to add players to beef up the interior of their defensive line.

Iowa State's Eyioma Uwazurike could be an intriguing target on Day 3 of the draft. Uwazurike was one of the standouts from the East-West Shrine Bowl as his impressive size was on display for NFL scouts.

He's one of the older prospects in this year's draft at 23-years-old (he turns 24 in May), but Uwazurike has an NFL-ready skill set with the size (at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds) to intrigue a team like the Jets.

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Robert Saleh loves to have deep defensive line rotations which is why it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Jets address the position at least once during the draft. Uwazurike makes sense at this spot.

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