NY Jets land the steal of the draft in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 2, 38th Overall, NY Jets: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

Trey McBride's draft stock has risen pretty dramatically in recent weeks to the point where there's legitimate Round 1 buzz around the Colorado State standout. But unless the Jets are going to trade up, they're hoping he falls to them at the top of Round 2.

McBride is coming off an uber-productive final year at Colorado State in which he hauled in 90 catches for 1,121 yards en route to being named a Unanimous All-American and the John Mackey Award winner.

At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, McBride has the size to be a matchup nightmare in the NFL with the receiving production to show that he can be a productive piece in any passing game.

The Jets haven't had a truly competent tight end since the days of Dustin Keller, but McBride could put an end to that woeful streak.

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Round 3, 69th Overall, NY Jets: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

This is it. This is the steal of the draft. I fully don't expect Nakobe Dean to even make it out of the top-40, let alone fall all the way to pick No. 69 in the third round. There's even been some talk of him going in the top-10.

I considered taking Dean with one of those second-rounders, so needless to say, it was quite the shock to see him still on the board here in the third. This was the easiest pick of the draft.

The Jets are in pretty dire need of linebacker help and Dean has everything the team is looking for at the position. He's a little undersized at just 6-foot, 225 pounds, but his athleticism, instincts, coverage ability, tackling skills, and pass-rush traits make him a high-end linebacker prospect.

Pairing Dean up with C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams would give the Jets the athletic linebacker trio they've been looking for, and the fact that they were able to land him as late as the third round makes this all the more incredible.