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New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Jets from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the New York Jets, check out our New York Jets Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jets:

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/20)

4. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Cross is a smooth operator with effortless movement skills and anchor. The Jets have to get better in the trenches.

10. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Stingley falls a bit, and the Jets are elated to land him. He has All-Pro traits at the outside cornerback spot.

ESPN - Mel Kiper (1/19)

4. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

The Jets had big defensive issues in Robert Saleh's first season as coach, from the front seven to the secondary. They didn't get after quarterbacks, and they couldn't cover pass-catchers, which is a recipe for another top-five draft pick. Hamilton would fill a void at safety, especially if Marcus Maye leaves in free agency. Six-foot-4, 220-pound Hamilton has rare traits for his size, and he can play in the box or as a center fielder (he had eight career interceptions for the Fighting Irish). He was one of the most versatile defenders in college football for the past three seasons. Hamilton played in only seven games in 2021 because of a knee injury, but I'm told he'll be ready to work out at the NFL combine in March. The Jets also pick at No. 10, and they could get help on offense there.

10. Drake London, WR, USC

Quarterback Zach Wilson had a rough rookie season, as the Jets finished near the bottom in most offensive statistics. So if I'm giving them defensive help with the No. 4 pick, let's give Wilson a target here, because his best pass-catchers in 2021 are all better out of the slot. Elijah Moore, Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios are good players, but they're never going to be down-the-field aerial threats.

London -- who is 6-foot-5 and also played on the USC basketball team -- has a chance to be a special outside receiver. He caught 88 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games this season. His record-breaking year ended in late October because of a fractured right ankle, but he is expected to be ready for the 2022 season. He can be Wilson's top target, giving the Jets a huge red zone threat. The Jets, by the way, also have an extra second-round pick from the Sam Darnold trade, and they could address the offensive line on Day 2 of the draft.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/19)

4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets could go in a number of different directions here. Alabama's Evan Neal could start at right guard as a rookie and be the long-term answer at right tackle (and provide Mekhi Becton insurance at left tackle). But Stingley would give the Jets a cover man with the talent to be a legitimate No. 1 cornerback, something the franchise has missed since Darrelle Revis.

Stingley set the bar high after his All-American freshman season as part of LSU's national championship team. And although the last two seasons haven't gone according to plan, the talent is still there. Stingley's draft stock is extremely volatile right now, and his interviews and medicals will ultimately determine whether he is drafted this high or falls out of the top 10.

10. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

With all due respect to Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios, when they are your most productive pass-catchers, you officially have a wide receiver problem. Quarterback Zach Wilson must show improvements in year two, but he also needs the front office to find him more help.

I have six wide receivers ranked as top-25 prospects in this class, with Wilson as the clear No. 1 guy. He has only average size (6-0, 186), but he is a three-level threat due to his athleticism and ball skills. What separates him the most is his ability to create space before and after the catch.

PFF - Austin Gayle (1/17)

4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets cornerback room is bereft of talent, and Derek Stingley Jr. is a premier cornerback prospect. New York's brass should have no issue turning the card in early if he's available at No. 4.

Stingley's true freshman season will go down as one of the most impressive campaigns in college football history. At just 18 years of age, he earned a 91.7 PFF grade and should have won the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder battled injuries every season since but will do away with any lingering doubt when he reports to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine fully healthy and tests out of this world.

10. Drake London, WR, USC

London's stellar 2021 campaign was unfortunately cut short after he fractured his right ankle in Week 9 against Arizona. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder won't be a burner by any means, but he's a polished possession receiver who has thrived both in contested-catch situations and after the catch. He'll play inside and outside at the next level and should assume a very productive role early in his NFL career.

Baltimore Sun - C.J. Doon (1/14)

4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Will coach Robert Saleh look to upgrade on defense or try to give young quarterback Zach Wilson more help? The Jets had one of the worst collections of cornerbacks in the league this season, so adding the 6-1, 195-pound Stingley, a lockdown defender in man coverage who flashed elite ability as a true freshman, is a no-brainer.

10. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

With right tackle Morgan Moses hitting free agency and left tackle Mekhi Becton struggling to stay healthy, the Jets need reinforcements up front. The 6-5, 310-pound Cross is as dependable as they come, allowing just 16 pressures on more than 100 pass-blocking snaps this season, according to PFF.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fischer (1/13)

4. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

Robert Saleh is going to run to turn in the card with Hamilton's name on it given how much he can help that lackluster secondary for the Jets and provide the much-needed leadership on the back end. It's rare a safety is worth a top-five pick but the Irish DB is more than worth it with his size, incredible coverage range and ability to hit.

10. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

The other half of the Wolverines' stellar pass rush is just scratching the surface of what he can do and physically has a chance to be an upper-tier guy off the edge.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

4. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

There's been only one safety chosen with a top-five pick since 1992 (Sean Taylor in 2004). Hamilton exceeded high expectations before suffering a minor knee injury. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, the hybrid playmaker combines the versatility of Isaiah Simmons with instincts that are reminiscent of Hall of Famer Ed Reed.

10. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets haven't had a cornerback in the Pro Bowl since Darrelle Revis in 2015. Stingley features rare ball-tracking skills that make him a threat to take the ball away anytime it's in his vicinity. As an 18-year-old, he produced one of the most impressive true freshman seasons in college football history in 2019. Durability has been a concern ever since.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/12)

4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Plagued by injuries the last two years, Stingley didn't get to showcase his skills in a manner expected of a top-five pick. That shouldn't matter to the Jets, whose secondary is in dire need of an overhaul. Stingley is the rare cornerback prospect who exhibits both phenomenal pure coverage ability and elite ball skills, not to mention an advanced feel for his opponents' intentions.

10. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

While Hutchinson seemed like a good bet one year ago to elevate his game to this level in 2021, no one could have predicted the similar for Ojabo, who made just one tackle in his career before this season. Fast forward through an 11-sack, second-team All-American campaign, and it's easy to see why the 6-5, 250-pound pass rusher now has the attention of NFL teams. The Jets' defense was one of the league's worst at generating pressure, and Robert Saleh needs more than the return of Carl Lawson from an Achilles injury for the unit to approach the level of his former San Francisco 49ers groups.

For The Win - Charles McDonald (1/12)

4. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

The Jets are getting Carl Lawson back and now add a pass rushing prospect with immense upside in George Karlaftis to bolster their edge rush for the long term.

10. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The Jets get another stud tackle to help protect Zach Wilson. Charles Cross can play left or right tackle in the NFL, giving the Jets two first round tackles on their rebuilding offensive line. Cross has the upside to be best tackle in the draft when it's all said and done.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/10)

4. Ikem Ekwonu, OT, North Carolina State

The Jets defense needs a considerable influx of talent given its struggles in 2021, but they need to continue building around Zach Wilson remains and nothing could mean more for Wilson's development than continuing to add to the offensive line.

Ikem Ekwonu is an absolute mauler in the run game that developed wonderful consistency in pass protection in 2021 at NC State. His skill set can help maximize the entirety of the Jets backfield in Wilson and Michael Carter.

10. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Jets defense was hurt by injuries in 2021, but falling to the lows that it did with a defensive-minded head coach in Robert Saleh is still disappointing. Nonetheless, reinforcements are needed and the most glaring need is at cornerback.

Derek Stingley Jr. is a special talent with great size, athleticism, ball skills, and coverage instincts. He is the type of playmaker the Jets' secondary needs if it wants to get out of the AFC East cellar.

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