Jets add Evan Neal and Kyle Hamilton

The Super Bowl and the 2022 NFL campaign are on the books, and the mock draft season is in full swing.

With that, we at Jets Wire are joining the craze with this year’s draft combine starting Thursday.

Some of the top prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft have opted out of the combined workouts, but interviews will be conducted and teams across the league will get a sense of who this year’s top prospects are as players and people.

The Jets are in prime position to enjoy a successful first round of the draft with the 4th and 10th picks in their possession. New York has holes to fill on both sides of the ball and Joe Douglas could go in a lot of different directions with these picks. Douglas also has several second-round picks at his disposal thanks to the Sam Darnold trade.

That being said, let’s take a look at who we think the Jets will take in the April draft.

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The Jets clinch gold with their first draft pick, as Neal falls to their knees at No. 4. The Alabama product is the consensus best offensive lineman in this year’s draft and has a case to go out of the table for the Jaguars at No. 1. Jacksonville, however, goes in a different direction in this false draft, leaving New York with a potentially dominant offensive tackle to bolster Zach Wilson’s protection.

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New York grabs another break at No. 10 with arguably the best overall prospect in the draft still on the board. Hamilton is an all-around safety, with 138 tackles, 17 passes defended and eight interceptions over the past three seasons. He would plug a major hole in the back of the New York high school.

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Thomas was dominant in his final season at San Diego State, racking up 71 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Thomas has the size to thrive as a 4-3 defensive end in the New York defense and should have no problem adapting to the physicality of the NFL given that his game is all about toughness.

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Johnson was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl and is a candidate to be selected at the end of the first round. The Boston College product would be a high-value pick for the Jets because he’s a plug-and-play starter at guard. Johnson can also play center and could be Connor McGovern’s successor in that role if that is the vision New York has for him.

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Another Senior Bowl star, Mafe has significantly increased his draft stock in Mobile. Takes on where Mafe will be drafted have varied, but his 10-sack senior season is too enticing for the Jets to pass on in this simulation.

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Clark was one of LSU’s top defensemen in 2021, recording career highs in tackles (135), tackles for loss (15), and sacks (5.5). Clark is on an upward trajectory and the Jets could take advantage of that.

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The fourth round might be a little late for the Jets to land a top-end wide receiver, but Pierce is an intriguing talent nonetheless. He consistently made big plays on the outside at Cincinnati, finishing his career with the Bearcats with 106 catches for 1,851 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 wide would add a different element to Mike LaFleur’s offense.

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Armour-Davis earned a starting berth in the 2021 Alabama secondary and earned second-team All-SEC honors with 32 tackles, four pass defenses and three interceptions.

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Calcaterra began his college career in Oklahoma, where he quickly became one of the Big 12’s top tight ends. Calcaterra retired from football due to concussions at the end of the 2019 season, but decided to return after a sabbatical year and transferred to SMU. Calcaterra tapped into the playmaking ability he showed at Oklahoma in his only season with the Mustangs, passing a career-high 38 passes for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Calcaterra is worth taking a flyer at this point in the draft — especially if the Jets approach the tight final position in free agency.

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