S Kyle Hamilton and CB Derek Stingley Jr. could bolster secondary

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…

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