Jets 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Could EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux fall to No. 4?

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Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon black jersey
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Jets GM Joe Douglas and his staff are in the midst of putting together their big board for the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.

There was positivity from him and head coach Robert Saleh despite a 4-13 record, but they knew it would be an uphill climb in this rebuild. The youngest team in the league saw some solid play, including that of Zach Wilson, Elijah Moore and Michael Carter to name a few.

As they were all draft picks, Douglas will look to do the same again in this year's draft: Bring in quality rookies to continue improving the roster.

Here's what experts believe they will do...

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

No. 4: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)

New York has to be excited seeing Thibodeaux slide to No. 4 overall. I think the Giants would be enticed to move ahead of the stadium co-tenant Jets to select him as well. The Jets landing the Oregon product to pair with Carl Lawson and Quinnen Williams turns that into a very good unit.

No. 10: S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)

I have a lot of respect for Jets general manager Joe Douglas. I think he has taken a savvy approach to building that roster in the short time that he has been there. The selection of a safety is a bit of out of the box, but he is the best player available and can be a mainstay on that defense for a decade.

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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.

No. 10: 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.

LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (7) reacts after making a tackle against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium.
LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (7) reacts after making a tackle against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium.

Austin Gayle, PFF

No. 4: CB Derek Stingley Jr. (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.

No. 10: WR Drake London (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.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

No. 4: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)

I’d be very tempted to take Ikem Ekwonu here (I have the N.C. State tackle as my top offensive lineman), but the Jets defense was notoriously awful last year. They will get Carl Lawson back (Achilles), but they still need more pass rush. I could see Thibodeaux sliding, but his blend of length and burst is impressive.

No. 10: CB Trent McDuffie (Washington)

McDuffie is an ultra-clean player on tape. He’s quick, fluid, tough, rarely out of position and can play the ball. He’d upgrade the Jets' intriguing mix of talented young players at the position.