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

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8. The NY Jets should still address the tight end position

Despite many incredible tight ends tearing up defenses in the NFL over the past decade, it’s a position the Jets have paid little to no attention to at all. After two years of running Ryan Griffin out as tight end No. 1, the Jets have seemingly figured out a game plan for that spot.

By adding beloved Bengal C.J. Uzomah, as well as Tyler Conklin, the Jets may be set up to have 1,000 receiving yards from their tight end position. While this is a great tandem, adding depth going forward would help this success be sustained over a long period of time.

This upcoming draft doesn’t have a Travis Kelce, George Kittle, or Rob Gronkowski, but with two formidable starters, they don’t need that. Adding a future three-down starter late in the draft could be exactly what this team needs to build depth at their most key positions going forward.

9. The NY Jets could still use some depth along the defensive line

Despite what you think about Quinnen Williams, he has produced since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2019, and while the Jets' stats haven’t been that effective, he has led the way with grit, determination, and hard work.

Alongside John Franklin-Myers and Folorunso Fatukasi, this team built something strong up front. While the depth is no longer what it was (with Fatukasi departing), this is a line that can be effective if the Jets can upgrade at both linebacker and edge rusher, something most expect them to do in the upcoming draft.

It’s not a position that will likely be addressed in the early rounds of the draft, and it may not be looked at until 2023 free agency. Bif the team can pair Williams with another young stud, this could be building toward a fantastic Robert Saleh defense.