The 2022 NFL Draft is just over a week away and projections of who will go where are still changing.
For Jets general manager Joe Douglas, it’s a project he’s been working towards for two years. He fired Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold in trades that brought back picks in this year’s draft. It’s time for him to turn those picks into players.
We used the PFF Draft Simulator to help us out and here’s what we came up with for the 2022 Jets Draft:
Round 1, No. 4 overall: OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State
Previous selections: CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Edge Travon Walker, Georgia
The top three picks were Aidan Hutchinson, Kyle Hamilton and Derek Stingley. Douglas could certainly choose to pick his highest-rated rusher here, but can he pass up Ekwonu, who could be the best player in the draft? There’s no obvious place for Ekwonu on the Jets’ starting offensive line, but Douglas loves linemen and could see this as a chance to add a better player now and let coaches determine where he plays. later.
Trade: Jets send pick No. 10 to Vikings in exchange for picks 12 and 77 (third round)
We were willing to drop two spots in order to add another second day pick. This repechage is loaded in the intermediate rounds and we want to take advantage of it.
Round 1, No. 12 overall: Edge Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
Previous selections: Edge George Karlaftis, Purdue, WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
Top wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Drake London went 10 and 11 after we made our trade, making it an easy call. Johnson impressed the Jets’ coaching staff in the Senior Bowl and will give Robert Saleh the top rusher to complement Carl Lawson this defense needs.
Round 2, No. 35 overall: WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Previous selections: WR Skyy Moore, West Michigan, DL Travis Jones, UConn
Dotson is a burner and can add another dimension to the Jets offense. He played both inside and outside at Penn State, where he was a starter for three years. He can also return punts.
Round 2, No. 38 overall: LB Quay Walker, Georgia
Previous selections: LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin, CB Kyler Gordon, Washington
Starting for the national champions, Walker can give the Jets a linebacker to learn from CJ Mosley and become an immediate contributor. Walker also has special teams experience.
Round 3, No. 69 overall: C Cam Jurgens, Nebraska
Previous selections: OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State, LB Troy Anderson, Montana State
A former tight end who became a three-year starter at Nebraska. The Jets can let him learn behind Connor McGovern for a year before slipping into the starting spot in 2023.
Round 3, No. 77 overall (of Vikings): CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
An all-state quarterback at Alabama, Taylor-Britt became a three-year starter at cornerback for the Cornhuskers. He was a team captain and can give the Jets some depth at cornerback, a position where they need it.
Round 4, No. 111 overall: RB Tyler Allgeier, BYU
Previous selections: C Dohnovan West, Arizona State, C Zach Tom, Wake Forest
Zach Wilson’s former college teammate rushed for 1,601 yards in 2021 and can give the Jets a good complement to Michael Carter, a fourth-round pick last year.
Round 4, No. 117 overall: S Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
Previous selections: DL Matthew Butler, Tennessee, RB Kyren Williams, Notre Dame
Taylor was a four-year starting cornerback for the Volunteers, but projects as an NFL safety. Taylor can be an immediate contributor as a shooter on the punt team.
Round 5, Pick No. 146 overall: DL Noah Eliss, Idaho
Previous selections: HB ZaQuandre White, SC, CB Cordale Flott, LSU
The Jets need to develop a replacement for Folorunso Fatukasi, who left in free agency. The 346-pound Eliss weathered adversity in Idaho with injuries and a shortened season in 2020. He would be a draft.
Round 5, No. 163 overall: CB Cordale Flott, LSU
Previous selections: S Sterling Weatherford, Miami (OH), OT Chris Paul, Tulsa
Flott played everywhere from high school to college and can give the Jets some depth on the nickel corner and outside. Flott weighs only 175 pounds and will need to enter the weight room.