The biggest day of the offseason is finally here. The 2022 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8 P.M and continues through Saturday. With their five top-100-picks, the Jets will be one of, if not the biggest, player in the entire draft. The organization has the opportunity to reshape both sides of the ball and continue their path towards contending in the AFC.
In our last mock draft, we did 4 rounds for the Jets on PFF’s Mock Draft Simulator, which you can find here. Using the same simulator, this will be a full 7-Round Mock Draft for the Jets. (Mention if there were trades) These were the results of the draft:
Pick 4: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Identical to our first pick from our first mock draft, there should be no reason for the Jets to pass on Thibodeaux if he is on the board. The only arguments to make at this spot would be CB Ahmad Gardner or OL Ikem Ekwonu, but with both players off the board here, this is a slam dunk pick. Thibodeaux is a perfect fit for Robert Saleh’s defense and possesses athleticism and explosiveness that could make him a force across from Carl Lawson.
Pick 10: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
With the Deebo Samuel trade rumors swirling and the Jets potentially involved, it is possible that this pick or the team’s second round pick is traded for him. In the event that the team makes the pick, Jameson Williams is a great fit for the Jets offense. Considered by many to be the best WR in the draft if not injured, Williams possesses electric speed and above-average change of direction ability on his routes. Williams consistently burned defenders to the tune of 1,552 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. In the Jets offense, he would provide Zach Wilson with a deep threat that’s not currently on the roster and would be a great complement to Elijah Moore and Corey Davis.
Pick 35: Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Penn State
Brisker offers the ideal versatility the Jets need and want at the safety position. As mentioned in our first mock draft, Brisker can play in the box and near the line of scrimmage while also having the range to make plays over the top. He dealt with a shoulder injury at Penn State last season, something that could be a factor in his high missed tackle number of 10. Despite this flaw, Brisker offers a ton of upside and would be a great fit in the Jets’ defense.
Pick 38: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
Standing at 5’11 and weighing 194 pounds, Gordon is an extremely athletic corner that has a very high ceiling. He is able to close on passes in front of him very quickly and has the long speed and fluidity to play over the top. This is evidenced by his numbers at Washington last season, as he has two interceptions, seven pass breakups, and only allowed 20 catches on 40 targets. Gordon’s versatility and athleticism would allow him to fit in the Jets’ defensive scheme, as he can play both man and zone coverage while being able to shift between the boundary and slot.
Pick 69: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
An uber-athletic linebacker who ran a 4.42 at 243 pounds, Andersen would be a perfect fit for the Jets’ linebacker need. A former All-Conference quarterback who has also played running back, Andersen logged 147 tackles (14 for loss), two sacks, two interceptions, and seven passes defended at Montana State this past season. Despite the lower level of competition, Andersen has shown that he can play sideline to sideline and make plays as a linebacker. He is a player that Robert Saleh and company could develop into a long-term starter for the Jets.
Pick 111: Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State
Diesch is a potential diamond in the rough for the team that drafts him, and in this case would be a great depth addition to the Jets’ offensive line. He had a RAS of 9.74, which is the fourth-best out of all linemen in the draft. This is displayed in the run game, as Diesch is able to get to the second level through a combination of speed and athletic ability. Diesch also possesses decent pass-blocking skill, as he only allowed two sacks and eight pressures last season. He would be a great developmental prospect in the Jets’ offensive scheme, as his athletic ability meshes well with the wide zone.
Pick 117: Tyler Allgeier, HB, BYU
Picked at 117 instead of 111 in this mock draft, Allgeier would be the perfect compliment to Michael Carter in the Jets’ offense. His powerful, downhill running style welcomes contact and would allow him to immediately slot in as the team’s short yardage back.
Pick 146: Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
Staying close to home in this mock draft, Melton would be considered a depth selection at this point of the draft. Having great speed, as evidenced by his 4.34 40-yard dash, athleticism, and a constant ability to get open, Melton could be developed to take over for Braxton Berrios in the slot in 2023 or 2024.
Pick 163: Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
Another depth selection, Ferguson fills out the tight end room for the Jets. He possesses great ability as a run blocker and is able to provide value in the short and intermediate passing games. Due to this, he is a perfect scheme fit as a complementary piece behind C.J Uzomah and Tyler Conklin.
This is just a possibility of what the Jets could do in the 2022 NFL Draft with all of their draft capital. With the real thing just days away, it will be interesting to see how Joe Douglas and the Jets attack their positional needs and how they determine value at each selection. The truth of how the Jets feel about these players will soon be seen, and their draft selections will set the groundwork for a vital 2022 season.