NY Jets address biggest needs in post-free agency 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Jets' moves in free agency leave two glaring needs — edge rusher and wide receiver. I'm not sure the value for a wide receiver is here at this spot, but in a mock draft without trades, I was left with no other choice.

Ohio State's Garrett Wilson is one of really 5-6 wide receivers who could be drafted anywhere from pick 10 to pick 40. I don't feel confident waiting and hoping one of them falls to the second round, however, so I made sure to snag Wilson here.

Of all the top wide receivers in this year's draft class, Wilson is probably the best pure scheme fit for the Jets' offense. He's an outstanding YAC receiver who thrives as a do-it-all playmaker on offense, especially when operating out of the slot.

Wilson is a big play waiting to happen and someone who can be extremely dangerous in a Mike LaFleur offense. Is this a little high for him? Perhaps. But the Jets need a wide receiver and he's my favorite option for them.

Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Even after adding Jordan Whitehead in free agency, the Jets could still double-down on the safety position and target one early in the draft. One player to keep an eye on is Jaquan Brisker.

Brisker would be a perfect complement to the hard-hitting enforcer that Whitehead is. While Whitehead thrives as more of an underneath zone safety and in run support, Brisker fits the profile of a more versatile free safety.

The former Penn State star can successfully lock down opposing tight ends and has experience playing virtually everywhere in the defensive backfield.

His best role is probably in a zone-heavy scheme where he'd be asked to fill the role of a prototypical free safety in a two-high safety system. That's what the Jets are looking for.