Jets 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: S Kyle Hamilton and CB Derek Stingley Jr. could bolster secondary

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Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame safety, no helmet/pads
Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame safety, no helmet/pads

The Jets will finish the season with either a 4-13 or 5-12 record, depending on Sunday's regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills.

Fans can start to envision who the team will pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, as the Jets own two first-round picks thanks to the Jamal Adams trade with the Seattle Seahawks. It's likely that both of those picks will be in the Top 10, with the Seahawks having a down season and finishing either 6-11 or 7-10.

Currently, the Jets are projected to have the No. 4 and No. 7 overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.

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No. 4: OL Charles Cross (Mississippi State)

Cross is a freaky smooth athlete who was outstanding protecting his edge of the Mississippi State offensive line in 2021. He just turned 21 in November. Major potential in this prospect.

No. 7 (via SEA): CB Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)

Stingley would be a tremendous get for the Jets this late in the top 10. He's long, ultra-athletic and plays with tremendous ball skills.

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No. 4: EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue)

The Jets haven't possessed a great edge rusher in quite some time. That appeared to change in the wake of the Carl Lawson signing, but he suffered a season-ending injury. Even with his return next year, the Jets could use another player who can put great pressure on the quarterback on the opposite side.

George Karlaftis was a monstrous pass rusher in his freshman campaign, generating 17.5 tackles for loss.

No. 7 (via SEA): CB Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)

The Jets have needed cornerback help for quite some time. They'll be able to obtain a shutdown corner with this selection.

Derek Stingley had a freshman campaign for the ages, completely erasing one side of the field despite having no experience entering the year. He has great size (6-1, 190) and projects as a top-five prospect whenever he declares.

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (24) during the second half of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (24) during the second half of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Anthony Treash, PFF

No. 4: S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)

Hamilton is one of the draft class' most explosive athletes. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound safety boasts a 42-inch vertical and pairs his physical skill set with great eyes in coverage. He has totaled 22 combined pass breakups and interceptions in his three-year college career, and only five Power Five safeties have recorded more than 15 over that span.

No. 7 (via SEA): LB Nakobe Dean (Georgia)

Dean was the best player on the field in the College Football Playoff semifinal, earning a 90.0 PFF grade on the back of five pressures, six defensive stops, a forced fumble and -2 yards allowed in coverage.

Dean may be on the smaller end for the linebacker position, but he makes up for it with his freak athleticism and instincts. His blitzing prowess and coverage ability are second to none, as he has recorded a 90.0-plus grade as a pass-rusher and in coverage this season, something no Power Five off-ball linebacker has accomplished in the PFF College era.

Vinnie Iyer, SportingNews

No. 4: S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)

The Jets have needed to replace Jamal Adams and they can land a more dynamic playmaker who does a lot more than rush the passer. Hamilton makes a lot of sense as an intelligent all-around force to clean up for defensive-minded coach Robert Saleh, replacing a big mess at the position.

No. 7 (via SEA): CB Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)

The Jets have gotten some good cornerback play in the first year Saleh's defense, but in a zone scheme that connects to Seattle's "Legion of Boom," they need more effective playmaking. Stingley is a do-everything impact defensive back who can cover a lot of ground and different types of receivers. Hamilton and Stingley would be a strong 1-2 punch to upgrade the pass defense.