NY Jets overhaul defensive line in Georgia-heavy 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 2, 35th Overall, NY Jets: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

How can the Jets justify targeting two defensive linemen with two premium first-round picks? Thankfully, New York also possesses two high-value second-round selections.

Now that the defensive line has been secured, New York would be wise to turn their attention to the other side of the trenches: the offensive line. While the franchise does need to add playmakers to help with the development of Zach Wilson, they can also support their young QB by investing in his protection.

The top offensive tackles will already be off the board by pick No. 35. However, the third-best interior offensive lineman could still be on the board: Boston College guard Zion Johnson. Guard play doesn't draw the same fanfare as skill position talent. Yet, the ability to control the line is immensely valuable.

The Boston College centerpiece has drawn comparisons to 10-year veteran Kevin Zeitler. While Johnson does have experience playing tackle, his weakness against blitzes and spin moves make him much better suited to play on the interior offensive line.

This selection should provide New York with a starting-caliber guard who can grow alongside his equally young QB.