The New York Jets are having a rough start to the Zach Wilson/Robert Saleh era.
The team has selected good young talent in recent years, but they have not reached their potential quite yet. For the second straight year, the Jets are slated to have multiple first-round picks from the Jamal Adams trade with Seattle. This year, however, Seattle is a bottom team in the NFL, which means the Jets have a real chance to have two top-10 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Multiple first-round picks are always a good thing to have, but having multiple top ten picks is a different beast. Joe Douglas has proven to be able to draft talented players and this is his best chance to load this team up with talent. The plan seems straightforward, but in reality, it might be more complicated than it needs to be.
The Jets spent the 2nd overall pick in 2021 on Zach Wilson, and getting him help along the offensive line and with receivers might seem like the top priority this offseason, but the Jets defense is sorely lacking. Their top free-agent signing, Carl Lawson suffered a season-ending injury before the season even started, and their top player in the secondary, Marcus Maye, tore his Achilles a few weeks ago.
The Jets need to prioritize their defense before it spirals even more. Luckily for the Jets, their primary needs match up perfectly with the strengths of the 2022 NFL Draft class.