As part of The Post’s 2022 NFL Draft preview, we examine what the Jets might do at each position. Today: defensive line Next up: linebackers.
The Jets have been in the market for an elite edge rusher since 2006 when they traded away John Abraham. Is this the year the Jets take one in the first round? They have not drafted a true edge rusher since 2008 when they took Vernon Gholston, which did not exactly work out.
Robert Saleh loves pass rushers and feels they make everyone else on the defense better. If you’re debating whether the Jets will take an edge rusher or a cornerback with the No. 4 pick, the edge rusher has … the edge.
The Jets should have some options at this position, first at No. 4 and then at No. 10 if they go in a different direction with their first pick. While Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson is expected to be taken with either the No. 1 or No. 2 pick and Georgia’s Travon Walker is in the conversation for a top-3 pick, it appears likely Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux will be there at 4. Thibodeaux is a polarizing prospect. He was considered the best player in this draft last year, but there have been questions about his effort and how much he loves football.
If the Jets pass on an edge rusher at 4, Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson or Purdue’s George Karlaftis could be the pick at 10.
The Jets have ignored this position at the top of the draft for too long. That should end this year.