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Jets Mock Draft 3.0: An Ikem Ekwonu twist

The 2022 NFL Draft is just over a week away and predictions of who will go where are still changing.

For Jets general manager Joe Douglas, this is a draft he’s been working towards for two years. He sent off 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 now.

We used the PFF mock draft simulator to help us, and here’s what we came up with for the Jets 2022 draft:

Round 1, #4 overall: OT Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

Previous selection: CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati, Edge Travon Walker, Georgia

The top three picks were Aidan Hutchinson, Kyle Hamilton and Derek Stingley. Douglas could certainly pick his top-rated edge rusher here, but will he be able to do without Ekwonu, who might be the best player in the draft? There’s no obvious place for Ekwonu on the Jets’ offensive line, but Douglas loves linemen and could see this as an opportunity to add a top player now and let the coaches decide where he plays later.

The Jets leave Ikem Ekwonu with their first pick in this mock draft.
The Jets leave Ikem Ekwonu with their first pick in this mock draft.
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Trade: Jets send pick #10 to Vikings in exchange for picks 12 and 77 (third round)

We were ready to drop two places to add another choice for day two. This draft will be loaded in the middle rounds and we want to use it.

Round 1, #12 overall: Edge Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State

Previous selection: Edge George Karlaftis, Purdue, WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio

Top wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Drake London went 10 and 11 after we made our trade, making this decision an easy one. Johnson impressed the Jets coaching staff at the Senior Bowl and will hand Robert Saleh the edge rusher to complement Carl Lawson, who this defense needs.

Round 2, No. 35 overall: WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Previous selection: WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan, DL Travis Jones, UConn

Jahan Dotson starred in Penn State
Jahan Dotson starred in Penn State
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Dotson is a burner and can add another dimension to the Jets offense. He played both indoors and outdoors at Penn State, where he was a starter for three years. He can also return punts.

Lap 2, #38 overall: LB Quay Walker, Georgia

Previous selection: LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin, CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

As a starter for the national champions, Walker can give the Jets a linebacker to learn from CJ Mosley and make an immediate contribution. Walker also has experience on special teams.

Round 3, #69 overall: C Cam Jurgens, Nebraska

Previous selection: OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State, LB Troy Anderson, Montana State

A former tight end who became a three-year starter in Nebraska. The Jets can let him learn behind Connor McGovern for a year before slipping to the starting spot in 2023.

Round 3, No. 77 overall (by Vikings): CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

Taylor-Britt, an Alabama All-State quarterback, became a starter at the Cornhuskers for the Cornhuskers for three years. He was a team captain and can bring some depth to the Jets at cornerback, a position where they need it.

Round 4, 111th overall: RB Tyler Allgeier, BYU

Previous selection: C Dohnovan West, Arizona, C Zach Tom, Wake Forest

Zach Wilson’s former collegiate teammate ran for 1,601 yards in 2021 and may give the Jets a nice complement to Michael Carter, who was selected in the fourth round last year.

Round 4, No. 117 overall: S Alontae Taylor, Tennessee

Alontae Taylor (left) plays defense for Tennessee
Alontae Taylor (left) plays defense for Tennessee
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Previous selection: DL Matthew Butler, Tennessee, RB Kyren Williams, Notre-Dame

Taylor was a cornerback for the Volunteers for four years but works as a safety in the NFL. Taylor can make an immediate contribution as a shooter on the punt team.

Round 5, No. Pick 146 overall: DL Noah Eliss, Idaho

Previous selection: HB ZaQuandre White, South Carolina, CB Cordale Flott, LSU

The Jets need to come up with a replacement for Folorunso Fatukasi, who left under free reign. The 346-pound Eliss has endured adversity in Idaho with injuries and a shortened 2020 season. He would be a project.

Lap 5, #163 overall: CB Cordale Float, LSU

Previous selection: S Sterling Weatherford, Miami (OH), OT Chris Paul, Tulsa

Float played all high school in college and can add some depth to the jets on the nickel corner and on the outside. Flott only weighs 175 pounds and has to go to the weight room.

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