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

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Round 4, 111th Overall, NY Jets: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

The Jets went out and addressed the tight end position in a big way in free agency signing both C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. Uzomah and Conklin give the Jets the best tight-end duo they've had in a long, long time.

However, their additions don't preclude the team from targeting another tight end in the draft. In fact, I'd say it's almost likely they still do. Greg Dulcich makes sense as a potential Day 3 target.

Dulcich made a name for himself at the NFL Combine putting together a strong performance and flashing his athleticism. While Dulcich is far from the most accomplished in-line blocker, he makes a living as a matchup-nightmare who can make plays in the passing game.

The Jets don't necessarily need to target a tight end who's complete as a blocker with both Uzomah and Conklin under contract. That gives them the flexibility to target a player like Dulcich whose receiving upside is hard to pass up.

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Round 4, 115th Overall, NY Jets: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

The Jets don't see linebacker as a major need to address this offseason. Don't expect them to use any sort of major asset on the position. But a Day 3 pick of a player who fits the profile they're looking for? Absolutely, that's certainly not out of the question.

Brandon Smith is next in a long line of incredibly athletically-gifted linebackers to come out of Penn State in recent years. Following in the footsteps of Micah Parsons, Smith was once clocked at running a 4.38 40-yard dash as a high school recruit.

He's since put on more weight as he now stands at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, but he still managed to run a 4.57 40-yard dash at the Combine — the fourth-highest among all linebackers.

Athletically, Smith is everything teams want in a linebacker. It's the other stuff that needs cleaning up. He's a work in progress and someone who probably won't reach his ceiling until year three or four, but he's also a player I would love to see Robert Saleh work with.

Perhaps the Jets feel the same way.

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