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

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Round 5, 144th Overall, NY Jets: Cade Hall, EDGE, San Jose State

Ideally, we would have liked to address the pass rush earlier than Round 5, but that's just how the board falls sometimes. We still landed a pretty good one here on Day 3 in San Jose State's Cade Hall.

Hall stands at 6-foot-3, 270 pounds with the size to play both a 4-3 defensive end and tackle role. While he lacks the athleticism to probably ever be a star in the NFL, he's a high-effort, high-energy guy who head coach Robert Saleh might just fall in love with.

Hall could serve as a rotational defensive lineman in his first year with the team adding to a promising rotation consisting of Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Huff, and whoever else the Jets might add in free agency.

Round 5, 161st Overall, NY Jets: Chris Paul, OG, Tulsa

With our last pick, we went back to the offensive line drafting an intriguing developmental guard prospect in Tulsa's Chris Paul. Paul has experience playing both tackle and guard but probably projects as more of a guard at the next level.

At 6-foot-4, 324 pounds, Paul is one of the most technically-sound linemen in this class. Despite lacking elite athleticism or power, Paul's competitive drive and refined skill set gives him a higher floor than most Day 3 prospects.

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If he could continue to improve in pass protection. there's every chance Paul could develop into a starting guard in the NFL. At the very least, it never hurts to have additional young offensive line depth.