With just one game remaining in their season, the NY Jets are eyeing another offseason of change. The Jets have managed to completely overhaul their roster over the last two years, but it's clear there's still plenty of work to be done.
General manager Joe Douglas will be entering his third offseason with the organization, and much like the previous two, he will be looking to land long-term building blocks via free agency and the draft.
The Jets should be able to do plenty of damage in this year's 2022 NFL Draft with an abundance of draft capital. But how might they go about using said draft capital?
We used Pro Football Network's mock draft simulator to run through one possible scenario for the Jets draft. Here are our results.
Round 1, 4th Overall, NY Jets: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
With Evan Neal and the top two edge rushers (Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux) already off the board, we pivoted to the next-best player on our board, Purdue's George Karlaftis.
It will be interesting to see just how high Karlaftis can climb this draft season, but what is already apparent is just how talented of a prospect he is. At 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, Karlaftis is a dominant power rusher whose size allows him to overwhelm offensive tackles and even shift inside on passing downs.
The Greek-born pass rusher combines incredible size with absurd athleticism to give him an All-Pro ceiling at the next level. He's explosive, powerful, technically sound, and plays with a high motor.
Karlaftis may not be getting the attention that Hutchinson and Thibodeaux are receiving, but he's worthy of a top-five pick in this year's draft.