4. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
The New York Jets could go a lot of directions with their top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Robert Saleh has a very young roster in general, but defensively the roster is bordering on “blank canvas” status after heavily emphasizing the offensive side of the ball in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kayvon Thibodeaux was one of the most highly anticipated prospects of the 2021 college football season and at times, he showed why he’s been projected as a top-five pick for a really long time.
Unfortunately, he also struggled through some injuries and inconsistency, playing 10 games and racking up 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. He would be a fun option off the edge for Saleh to build around.
5. New York Giants: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
After hiring new general manager Joe Schoen from the Buffalo Bills, the New York Giants have major decisions to make.
First and foremost, who will be the team’s head coach? Not far behind that — who is playing quarterback for this team in 2022?
It could be a trade for a star, or it could be running it back another year with Daniel Jones.
Whatever it ends up being, the Giants should have options including the Draft, but here I don’t know how they pass on the chance to get Derek Stingley, even with his injury this past season.
Stingley could be a legitimate CB1 and with James Bradberry already on the roster, this unit could jump into the top 10 next season with this kind of acquisition.