The New York Jets hold two of the first ten picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, and their front office has been at work building the roster heading into April. Joe Douglas has done a great job bringing in talent, and with picks No. 4 and No. 10, they have a chance to significantly improve their football team.
Here, the Jets go with arguably the best overall player in this draft class, selecting Notre Dame star safety Kyle Hamilton. The Jets have big-time issues in the secondary, and with Tyreek Hill joining the AFC East, getting better back there is paramount.
The New York Giants hold the No. 5 and No. 7 overall picks, so that is another team that is going to get a lot better this April. They have done a good job under their new general manager stacking talent already, but problems remain along the offensive line.
With Evan Neal off the board at No. 1 overall, the Giants turn their focus to Ikem Ekwonu, who could be a Day 1 starter for this franchise as well. Andrew Thomas has improved at the offensive tackle spot, and in Ekwonu, they get another starter to pair with him, building this line up for 2022 and the future.
The Carolina Panthers have a serious decision to make this offseason in terms of the quarterback spot, as I do not believe they will roll with Sam Darnold next season. They were in the market for Deshaun Watson when he was available, and at pick No. 6 overall, they could decide to roll the dice on one of the top quarterbacks in this draft class.
That quarterback could be Kenny Pickett, who is fresh off a standout career at Pitt and has one of the best arms in this draft class. There were questions about his hand size, but that was ironed out at his Pro Day, so look for him to vault into the top-10.