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

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Round 4, 115th Overall, NY Jets: DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky

Let's stick with a fourth-round theme of adding versatile players from smaller schools. DeAngelo Malone is a noticeably raw prospect with top-tier speed, but underwhelming strength.

It will be critical that he hit the weight room early and often if he hopes to succeed at the NFL level. However, he has the speed and versatility (with experience at linebacker and edge rusher) to develop into a solid situational pass rusher.

Round 5, 145th Overall, NY Jets: Lecitus Smith, OG, Virginia Tech

The Jets continue to build the trenches with the selection of Lecitus Smith. The Virginia Tech prospect is an absolute unit on the offensive line. While he is a bit shorter at just 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds, his best skill is his tremendous strength and leverage.

He is strong, mean, and extremely physical. While his smaller size and shorter arms may cap his ceiling, Smith would be a welcome addition as a developmental offensive line.

Round 5, 162nd Overall, NY Jets: Marquan McCall, DT, Kentucky

Oddly, the Jets do not own a pick in the sixth or seventh round, thus, making pick No. 163 their final selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Marquan McCall is the perfect final note of New York's draft.

The Kentucky product is the definition of a space-eater. He is 341 pounds, has a reputation for being physical and rugged, and perhaps most importantly, he is incredibly strong.

McCall does not move particularly gracefully and has slower foot speed. At best, he could develop into an early down-nose tackle. His floor seems closer to a goal line and specialist in obvious running situations.

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He is a worthy addition to what could become a very dangerous Jets defensive Line.

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