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

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Round 4, 107th Overall, NY Jets: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

After landing a steal in the form of Nakobe Dean, the Jets manage to draft another player who probably shouldn't still be available at this stage in Iowa State running back Breece Hall.

Hall has been one of the best (if not the best) running backs in college football over the last two years after he exploded onto the scene with a 1,572-yard, 21-touchdown performance in 2020.

At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Hall is a bruising back who lacks the breakaway speed to be a true home-run threat, but has ample agility and shiftiness to be a true three-down back.

Despite his size, Hall is actually more effective as an off-tackle runner which could make him less appealing to a Jets team that might be looking for a more typical between-the-tackles back. But the talent was too much to pass here.

Round 4, 113th Overall, NY Jets: Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M

The Jets are expected to be major players in the safety market in free agency this offseason, but even still, it would probably be wise to address the position in the 2022 NFL Draft as well.

Florida A&M's Markquese Bell is an under-the-radar prospect who could be a good fit for the Jets on Day 3 of the draft. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Bell has good size for the position and projects as more of a prototypical strong safety in the NFL.

A former highly-touted recruit at Maryland, Bell transferred to Florida A&M after being suspended for a "violation of the student code of conduct." But he's rehabbed his career nicely at the FCS level and is an ideal developmental safety prospect.

He's a versatile defensive back who the Jets could look to develop as their strong safety of the future. This is an especially appealing pick if the Jets land a more typical free safety in free agency such as Marcus Williams.

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