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NY Jets make superstar additions in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 7th Overall, NY Jets: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

In last week's mock, I used the fourth overall pick to select LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. After drafting Neal fourth overall this time, I was fully prepared to resort to other options with this pick. But by some miracle, Stingley was still on the board.

The Jets may very well trade down here or go in a different direction, but there was no way I was going to pass up a superstar-caliber cornerback prospect like Stingley at this spot.

Stingley has all the talent, tools, and instincts to be a future All-Pro at his position. He has prototypical size and length, a high football IQ, excellent ball skills, and rare athletic traits. If you were to construct a cornerback prospect, it would look like Derek Stingley Jr.

Pairing Stingley up with Bryce Hall would give the Jets one of the best young cornerback duos in the NFL, instantly boosting a secondary that still needs a lot of work.

Round 2, 36th Overall, NY Jets: George Pickens, WR, Georgia

The Jets bolstered their wide receiver room last offseason, but I expect them to address the position heavily again this offseason. In this case, we went the draft route adding Georgia's George Pickens early in the second round.

Pickens could provide the Jets' offense with the element they've been missing. The Jets are desperate for a big-play physical receiver who can be trusted in 50/50 situations.

They hoped they were adding that when they drafted Denzel Mims. Corey Davis had shown flashes of being that player in Tennessee. But it's clear that neither suits that role as well as Pickens would.

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Pickens is one of the best ball trackers in this draft as he uses his frame to box out defenders and high-point the football. He tore his ACL in the spring which could cause his stock to drop, but Pickens has all the makings of a standout X receiver at the next level.

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