Ranking the NY Jets' top 12 needs ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft

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4. The NY Jets need to address the safety position

In 2017, the Jets drafted a safety with their first two picks, and while one would go on to become an All-Pro, neither are with the team anymore, and it’s left a huge hole in the secondary.

Sure, the team has Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis, and the newly-acquired Jordan Whitehead, but looking into the future, this isn’t their strongest position. Drafting a safety in Round 2 of this year's draft could help the outlook going forward.

Jaquan Brisker, Lewis Cine, and Jalen Pitre are names to look out for in the upcoming draft. If the Jets can add one of them to pair with this group of veteran and young talent in the secondary, it could be a strength at the back of Robert Saleh’s defense for years to come.

5. The NY Jets need to address the cornerback position

We’ve already mentioned the offensive line that helped the Jets to playoff success in 2010 and 2011, but the other huge factor was the phenomenal cornerback duo of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.

The Jets aren’t likely to field a combo that lethal anytime soon, but with D.J. Reed and the young core, they have plenty of potential. With no definite No. 2 behind Reed, however, the Jets would be wise to add to this group, and the upcoming draft is a great time to do so.

Names such as Sauce Gardner, Andrew Booth Jr., and Derek Stingley Jr. could all help this team going forward, and while cornerbacks don’t play as significant of a role in Saleh’s defense, it’s still a key position — and one the Jets need to solidify before they can take the next step into postseason play.