The New York Jets hold two of the top-10 picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, so you can expect some trade talks to come up between now and when they have to turn their index card in. Many feel they will stay put at No. 4, however, as they have glaring needs on both sides of the ball, and they fix one of them in a big way here.
At No. 4 overall, the Jets select Alabama left tackle Evan Neal, and hopefully, the combination of he and Mekhi Becton can protect Zach Wilson in Year 2. Becton has struggled since being a first-round pick of the franchise, but Neal is someone who should come in and compete with him, which is great for the team in general.
Right after the team they share MetLife Stadium with picks, the New York Giants will be on the board, and they have some of the same issues as their roommate does. New York needs help along the offensive line, and coming off the edge on defense, so it would make sense for them to go offensive tackle here.
The pick for the Giants at No. 5 overall is Ickey Ekwonu, a mauler from NC State who could end up being the best offensive lineman in this draft class. Ekwonu fills an immediate void for the Giants, as they look to finally improve with a new regime in place.
The Carolina Panthers have had an interesting draft season, and I believe they could be a team that makes some moves on Thursday night. If they are not sold on Malik Willis as their franchise quarterback, they have to move down, but here, we have them taking the Liberty star at No. 6 overall.
Head coach Matt Rhule has to be on the hot seat, as he has yet to do anything of substance since taking over the franchise a few years back. In Willis, he could potentially get a franchise quarterback that can help get this team back to the top of the NFC South.