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

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6. The NY Jets sorely need to address the linebacker position

While C.J. Mosley hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype after signing a huge contract back in 2019, he’s been a serviceable player. But to be effective, the Jets need to surround him with a little bit more talent than he’s been given so far.

The Jets have some young players that are effective as depth pieces, but they don't have any difference-makers. And with other, more pressing needs coming into the 2022 NFL Draft, it’s hard to see where and when the Jets will fix these problems.

Mosley may be in his last year as a Jet, so this need is about to become even more pressing, and if the team can address some of the other issues, New York may be seeing some new, fierce, intense linebackers leading the team in 2023 and beyond.

7. The NY Jets should address the running back position

Joe Douglas and the Jets got arguably the steal of the draft in 2021 with Michael Carter, and while he’s clearly running back No. 1 going into the 2022 season, adding more young depth around him will help his longevity and the team's success.

Tevin Coleman is a more than serviceable backup, and most teams would love to have him on their roster. But with another talented running back draft, the Jets should look to bolster their ground game, likely again on Day 3 of the draft.

Running backs are prone to breaking down, so if the Jets are able to find someone to pair with and share the load with Carter, it extends their chances of success with Zach Wilson. Expect to see another new face in the Jets' backfield in 2022.