For the New York Jets, this could be an explosive offseason, as they look to revamp their roster through free agency, and the 2022 NFL Draft. This is a franchise that has been down for quite some time, but they could have a bright spot in Zach Wilson, the young quarterback from BYU that they took with the No. 2 overall pick last year.
Picking at No. 4 overall, the Jets have to do something to improve the offensive line in front of Wilson, and they should be able to land either Evan Neal or Ikem Ekwonu. Both would be Day 1 starters on this Jets offensive line, and with Neal gone at No. 1, Ekwonu is the pick here at No. 4.
The fifth pick belongs to the team that the New York Jets share MetLife Stadium with, as the New York Giants will also look to build up their offensive line. The Giants have a new regime in place heading into this offseason, and if they are going to stick with Daniel Jones as their quarterback, they have to do a better job protecting him.
Enter Charles Cross, a big-bodied offensive tackle that could slide in and be the team’s starting left tackle from Day 1. The Giants also have an elite running back in Saquon Barkley, so if they can get better along the offensive line, they should be able to turn the corner in a very winnable NFC East next season.
Pick No. 6 belongs to the Carolina Panthers, and it is clear that changes have to be made at quarterback this offseason. Carolina has stated they could still be in talks to bring back Cam Newton, but that would be a lateral, or even backward move when it comes to the most important position in sports.
Instead, the Panthers should bring in Malik Willis, a strong-armed signal-caller from Liberty who dominated the elite competition at the NFL Combine. Willis has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft class, and the Panthers certainly need a player who can come in and changes the fortunes of the franchise.