With two top-10 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the NY Jets should have the cream of the crop when it comes to picking the nation's top prospects.
Could defensive end George Karlaftis be in the franchise's long-term plans?
Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report revealed the most ideal landing spots for the top college prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft, factoring in considerations like "team need, supporting cast, scheme and coaching style."
Purdue pass-rusher George Karlaftis was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect who could find a perfect home in New York.
"At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, Purdue's George Karlaftis is better-suited to power-rush from the end position than Thibodeaux. He won't necessarily win with speed around the edge, but he can collapse the pocket and bulldoze his way into opposing quarterbacks."- Kristopher Knox
Knox compares Karlaftis to Kayvon Thibodeaux, another star edge rusher who should also be on the Jets' radar. While Thibodeaux may be the most dream pairing of them all, Karlaftis presents an excellent option in the event Thibodeaux gets taken earlier.
NY Jets could spring for Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis early in 2022 NFL Draft
With Carl Lawson returning in 2022, any top rookie EDGE prospect ought to thrive alongside Lawson's experience and talent. Karlaftis' massive size could play a big factor in shedding tackles and getting good "knockback" at the point of attack, as Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network notes.
Many of the Jets' sacks this season have come from interior pressure -- Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins account for nine of the Jets' 33 sacks.
Karlaftis should be able to make an immediate impact on the edge and serve in a rotation with Lawson as well as John Franklin-Myers. He recorded 14.0 sacks in three years at Purdue, adding 29 tackles for loss.
The Jets have several needs at almost every position heading into 2022, but they wouldn't regret spending a first-round pick on a promising defensive end like Karlaftis.
If the Jets can draft half as well as they did last year, 2022 should be a fun season indeed.