New York Jets future hinges on the 2022 NFL Draft

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2). Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2). Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

Scenarios for Jets 10th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Jets second pick in the 2022 NFL Draft is surrounded in smoke and mystery. While many Jets fans would love to see them take a WR or DB here, I would not be shocked if they move down. They could also flip it for a player of need who is coming up on a franchise tag or one year left on their deal.

The Jets have an unlimited amount of options with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

They could go multiple ways with it. Keep it, trade down, or trade for a player. We will take a look at each of the three scenarios. Who they should take should they keep it, if they trade down who is the most likely and who do they take there, and if they flip it who should they get back for it.

While the first pick seems more or less locked into an instant impact player, the Jets need more than just two impact rookies to change this team around. So the most logical move is for them to trade down to get more draft capital and move on from there. With having the second-most cap space, expect FA to also adjust how this draft goes vastly.

1. If Jets keep the pick

Assuming the top-two offensive linemen in this draft are gone by ten. With the tenth pick, I would look for them to go after one of two players. Andrew Booth Jr, CB from Clemson or reach a little for Jameson Williams, WR for Alabama. Crowder looks on his way out and a trio of Willaims, Davis, and Moore could give Zach Wilson an extremely dynamic and unique set of pass catchers for his second season. Should they go Booth he will most likely be their number one corner at the start of the season and could end up as one of their best defensive backs by the end of the season, and could lessen the blow if they move on from Marcus Maye.

2. If Jets trade down

If they trade down I would look at two teams the Eagles and Baltimore each of which to move up for the exact players we just talked about. The Eagles and Baltimore both desperately need another WR to match with their current set, and will have issues in the secondary. Baltimore could be losing one of the better corners to free agency, and the Eagles need depth. Neither would have to jump up far but Philly has three first-round picks, so I would look for them to be a little extra aggressive in this draft.

3. If the Jets trade the pick

If they trade the pick I would look for them to go after a specific player and the biggest most obvious one would be Davante Adams, WR Green Bay. They are locked into a contract issue and would most likely like to avoid having to tag him and eat the cap. With Rodgers up in the air, they could use the 10th pick to replace Adams, go offensive line, or should some of their pass rushers leave they could attack that slot. Which would also give them more cap flexibility.

If they choose not to go WR I would look for them to use that pick to trade for a corner and extra players and attack most likely their biggest need. Several teams have corners coming up on deals, and Carolina with some turnover may look to flip Gilmore as well, as he needs a deal and they have massive questions at quarterback and offensive line.

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No matter, what the Jets do with this pick, they can’t get it wrong. They are already in the bottom of the league, and they cant pull a Darnold and let Zach Wilson just flap around with no pass catchers, no offensive line, and a defense who cant keep them in the game.