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

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Round 3, 69th Overall, NY Jets: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

If most mock drafts and big boards hold true, there should be a trio of potential linebacker additions available in this range. Penn State's Brandon Smith is the best of the bunch but is most likely to have already come off the board.

This leaves Montana State's Troy Andersen and Cincinnati's Darrian Beavers as the Jets' best options. While both are comparable prospects, Beavers' experience against major-conference competition gives him the slight edge.

Last season, the Jets were fourth-worst in the league in run defense, allowing 138.3 rushing yards per game. The protected additions of Walker and Davis in the first round will pay dividends in correcting this issue. Targeting a linebacker with their third-round pick will further bolster this unit.

Round 4, 109th Overall, NY Jets: Spencer Burford, OL, UTSA

Drafting an offensive lineman is a dart throw at this point in the draft. spencer Burford however, is a four-year starter with excellent foot speed and experience at both left and right tackle as well as left and right guard.

A Swiss army knife-type player with plenty of reps under his belt certainly warrants a look at pick No. 110.

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