The latest New York Jets Mock Draft features the Jets focusing on the right side of the offensive line and reloading the secondary.
It hasn’t been the start that New York Jets fans were probably looking for in 2021. Still, a 1-4 start was probably something expected for a team with a new head coach, coordinators, and a rookie quarterback. Zach Wilson has had some rough outings so far this year, but more reps will help him get comfortable with NFL speed and work on his processing speed and decision making.
The offense has what looks like foundational pieces in Mekhi Becton (who should be back soon) and Alijah Vera-Tucker, and the hope is both Denzel Mims and Elijah Moore take the necessary steps to be great complements to Corey Davis.
The defense has some gems in rookie Michael Carter at corner, John Franklin-Myers on the edge, and his running mate on the other side Bryce Huff. Quinnen Williams is slowly coming along in year three, and Carl Lawson should bring some juice when he is back in 2022.
The New York Jets can be a team on the rise with a strong offseason in 2022, including a draft class featuring some impact players from day one, especially on the offensive line and in the secondary. That’s what happens here in this Jets 2022 Mock Draft.
New York Jets 2022 Mock Draft
Round 1, 6th Overall: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Yes, Carter is having a good year (and even found himself on the latest rookie rankings here at NFL Mocks), and draft Twitter darling Bryce Hall has potential, but this Jets secondary is still lacking a number one corner who can lock down opposing top receivers every week.
Andrew Booth Jr. can be that guy. The Clemson corner is one of the most talented corners in recent memory, and could push Derek Stingley for CB1 in the 2022 NFL Draft. His athleticism is ever-present, as he has quick transitions, great explosion, and incredible ball skills highlighted by great high-pointing skills.
What stands above all else, though, is his incredible eye discipline. He’s locked on to what the quarterback is doing and has the ability to click and close with ease. Booth is also an incredibly physical player who is quick to wrap up as a tackler. He’d be a welcome addition to the Jets and a nightmare for the division.
Round 1, 12th Overall: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA
Fixing the right side of the offensive line is high on the priority list, and the New York Jets do it here with the selection of UCLA tackle Sean Rhyan. Evan Neal sits above the rest at tackle right now, but Rhyan is quickly moving up 2022 NFL Draft boards.
Rhyan has the power and anchor to hold off pass rushers in pass protection, and shows off good footwork to mirror rushers and recover when rushers use counters. He’s quick out of his stance and usually gets his hands in tight when engaging. Rhyan could start right away at right tackle in 2022.