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NY Jets trade for two first-round picks in recent 2022 NFL Mock Draft

NY Jets, David Ojabo
NY Jets, David Ojabo / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The NY Jets have more draft capital than any other team in the 2022 NFL Draft. As such, they certainly have their fair share of flexibility as it pertains to utilizing said capital.

The Jets can approach this year's draft in a number of different ways. Different positions, the options to trade up/down, and really everything else is on the table.

A recent mock draft from Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports had the Jets exploring one of those trade options with the team sending the 10th overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for both of Kansas City's first-round picks (29 and 30).

With the fourth overall pick, the Jets selected Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner. The rest of the haul, however, leaves something to be desired.

The NY Jets made puzzling picks in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft

The Chiefs used their newly-acquired 10th overall pick to select Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Wilson is a player who many believe the Jets should target early in the draft, but in this scenario, the Chiefs add him to be their Tyreek Hill replacement.

It's hard to imagine that situation going over well with many Jets fans, and that's doubly true given the two players the Jets target at picks 29 and 30.

With their first new pick, the Jets selected Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith. There have been rumblings that the Jets could target an offensive tackle early in the draft, but it's hard to imagine a player like Smith being on their radar, at least in the first round.

A consensus Day 2 prospect, it would be a surprise to see a player like Smith go as early as Round 1. He's more of a developmental project with some believing he'd be a better fit at right tackle or even guard at the NFL level.

For a number of reasons, Smith just doesn't make sense as a Jets target.

The mock then had the Jets selecting Michigan pass rusher David Ojabo with the 30th overall pick. Ojabo makes more sense than Smith and actually fills a need, although coming off a torn Achilles, there's no guarantee he'll be ready for the start of the season.

That would mean the Jets would be drafting two players who probably won't even be playing early in their respective careers. It's hard to sell that for a team that's won six games in two years.

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Gardner is a good pick and trading down makes plenty of sense for the Jets. It's the rest of the mock draft that falls apart.

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