Having multiple picks within the top-10 of the 2022 NFL Draft is going to ensure the Jets get a good player, and some of the best players in the entire class are edge rushers.
Kayvon Thibodeaux will always be the name that comes to mind first when talking about this edge rusher class, and rightfully so. Thibodeaux does everything well, and the Jets should not hesitate to turn in that card if he is available, but there is a real chance he goes first overall. That begs the question, who comes after him?
To many, it would be Aidan Hutchinson, who has been utterly dominant this year, but it is time to shine the light on someone else. That player is going to be George Karlaftis from Purdue. According to the Purdue roster, Karlaftis is 6-foot-4, 275-pounds. Not only does Karlaftis have the size, but he is an elite athlete who can win with finesse just as easily as he can win with strength. His power rushers are violent and he probably has the best hand usage in this class. George Karlaftis knows how to get to the quarterback, point-blank.
The three names that should be targeted here are Kayvon Thibodeaux, George Karlaftis, and Aidan Hutchinson; all are top-10 players in this class and the Jets really can’t go wrong with any of them.
If the Seahawks start winning and the Jets don’t draft an edge rusher with their first pick, another name to look out for is Hutchinson’s teammate at Michigan, David Ojabo. Ojabo is a freak athlete who needs a bit of development, but the upside is tremendous.