The New York Jets will look to move in the right direction in their second season under Robert Saleh, but they have a lot of work to do. The Jets finished with one of the worst records in football in 2021, but they hold two top-10 picks this April, which is major draft capital for a franchise that has been bad for quite some time.
After taking Zach Wilson with pick No. 2 last year, they have to continue to build the offensive line in front of him, and they do so with NC State star Ikem Ekwonu. Putting him on the right side opposite Mekhi Becton would solidify the offensive tackle spots for this franchise for years to come.
The New York Giants have to get better upfront on both sides of the ball, and that is where they should focus with two picks in the first seven selections. This is great draft capital for a franchise looking to figure it out with a new general manager and head coach in place for the 2022 NFL season.
At pick No. 5, they get a player who goes No. 1 on a lot of other mock drafts, selecting Michigan star edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson. This is a kid who could end up being a double-digit sack guy in the NFL in Year 1, and the Giants are lacking that kind of star power coming off the edge.
Looking at teams picking early in the 2022 NFL Draft, there are only a few top-10 teams that need a quarterback, and that is pretty rare. You have to think the two New York teams will stick with their signal-callers, Trevor Lawrence will start in Jacksonville, and Houston got good effort from Davis Mills last season.
However, the Carolina Panthers pick at No. 6 overall, and they are certainly a franchise that needs some help at the quarterback spot. Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh is a player who could rise during the draft cycle, and we see multiple QBs go in the top-10 every year, so 2022 should be no different.