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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Jets Load Up on Offense in Latest ESPN Two-Round Mock

New York selects OT Ikem Ekwonu, WR Garrett Wilson, EDGE Myjai Sanders and TE Trey McBride in the first two rounds of this 2022 NFL mock draft.
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The Jets must surround Zach Wilson with talent this offseason, putting the second-year quarterback in a position where he can develop and succeed.

In this two-round mock draft, New York does just that.

ESPN's Jordan Reid put together a mock earlier this week, predicting each of the first 64 picks in the 2022 NFL draft. 

Here are New York's picks from Reid's mock (all four coming in the top-38 selections) with some of his analysis. Then we'll break this down a little further...

NC State tackle Ikem Ekwonu celebrates touchdown
Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson celebrates touchdown with Buckeyes fans
Cincinnati Bearcats DE Myjai Sanders celebrates with defense
Colorado State TE Trey McBride uses stiff arm

Reid sums up this two-round haul for the Jets in his final sentence while analyzing the No. 38 overall pick.

"New York ends up with a two pass-catchers, a stellar offensive lineman and an edge rusher with upside."

For a club that has questions on the offensive line, has been missing production from the tight end position, needs a top wideout and would benefit from a deeper pass rush, general manager Joe Douglas checks a lot of boxes in this hypothetical scenario.

Some believe Ikem Ekwonu is the best tackle in this year's class. With Mekhi Becton's future up in the air, if the NC State product is available at No. 4, it'll be tempting for the Jets to pull the trigger. 

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We've seen Ekwonu come off the board first overall in some mock drafts this offseason. Douglas has made it clear that he wants to build this roster to contention through both the offensive and defensive line—this would be the third first round in a row where the Jets pick an offensive lineman (Becton in 2020, Alijah Vera-Tucker in 2021).

From there, New York gives Wilson another weapon and playmaker, complementing phenom Elijah Moore and last year's top-tier signing Corey Davis. 

Garrett Wilson is the WR1 of this class in Reid's mock, coming off the board before Treylon Burks, Drake London, Chris Olave and more. Each of those wideouts have been linked to New York this offseason, and that's the beauty of the No. 10 overall pick. If the Jets decide to stick around there—rather than trading back—they should have an opportunity to pick from the best receivers in this class.

Depending on how New York evaluates the available prospects at the position, Ohio State's Wilson could be the answer.

Next, New York secures a talented edge rusher in the second round. 

Perhaps Myjai Sanders isn't as talented as Aidan Hutchinson or Kayvon Thibodeaux, but the Jets are focusing on offense in the first round. If one of those two highly-touted prospects on the edge slip to No. 4 overall, it might be a different story—Reid has the Lions taking Thibodeaux second and the Texans snagging Hutchinson third. 

The Jets got to work with Sanders at the Senior Bowl. He produced some promising numbers over his time at Cincinnati. Head coach Robert Saleh will surely want a pass rusher one way or another in the first few rounds this spring—Sanders is arguably the best available at this point in the draft.

And speaking of the Senior Bowl, the Jets finish off their four-pick blitz with Trey McBride, the best tight end in this year's class. 

There's a chance the Jets add to their tight end room in free agency as well. Regardless, McBride can be a starting tight end in the NFL right away, a target Wilson can lean on in the passing game, excelling in Mike LaFleur's offense.


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