The NY Jets will have their fair share of options when it comes to how they use their first two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. But one recent scenario proposed by CBS Sports should have Jets fans pretty excited.
Josh Edwards of CBS Sports recently released his full first-round projection for this year's draft, and his scenario saw the Jets land "arguably the draft's two best prospects," according to Edwards himself.
The mock draft saw a pretty shocking player, Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross, be taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first overall pick. After that, Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson and LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. were taken with the next two picks.
That left Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux on the board for the Jets to pick with the No. 4 overall pick. Six picks later, with Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton still available, the Jets pounced again.
Edwards' mock draft has the Jets coming away with both Thibodeaux and Hamilton without trading up at any point. It's safe to say that most would consider that quite the steal.
Could Kayvon Thibodeaux fall to the NY Jets at No. 4?
There has been some buzz in recent days that Thibodeaux, a player who many have viewed as a potential favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick, could slide a little in the draft.
Players like Cross and NC State's Ikem Ekwonu have seen their stock rise which could propel them into the top-five and maybe, just maybe, allow Thibodeaux to fall to the Jets.
As for Hamilton, while many would be against the Jets drafting a safety with the fourth overall pick, it's much easier to make an argument to draft him if he's still on the board at 10.
At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Hamilton is a rare breed of athlete and one of the best safety prospects the NFL has seen in a long time. Landing him as well as Thibodeaux would do a long way toward fixing a defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL last year.
That said, you could also make the argument that the Jets should prioritize bolstering their offensive and building around Zach Wilson.
Going defense with their two first-round picks, especially with the opportunity to add players like Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, and Garrett Wilson, might not be the best allocation of resources.
Let the draft discourse continue.