While Day 1 and early Day 2 feature the most well-known prospects, the draft’s later rounds can feature many talented, under-the-radar prospects. In the 2022 draft, the New York Jets hold two fourth and fifth-round picks as they look to improve their roster. This draft is filled with depth from top to bottom, from running backs to cornerbacks.
In the paragraphs below, I’ll take a deep dive into three late-round potential selections for Joe Douglas. The draft will take place on April 28th and runs through April 30th.
Draft Prospect #1: Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers
While an actual number one receiver could come in the first draft round, depth options are available in the later rounds. One player that Joe Douglas could target is Rutgers receiver, Bo Melton.
While Rutgers isn’t known for being a quality football school, they still have some talent. Receiver Bo Melton could be a receiver the team takes a swing at in the later rounds. Melton can either be a slot or outside receiver and is a serious deep threat. He ran a 4.3 40 Yard Dash at the NFL Combine this year. While he may come into the season as the Jets’ WR4 or 5, he has the tools to become a solid #3 option.
With solid route running and good speed, Bo Melton should be a player the Jets keep an eye on in the 4th and 5th rounds.
Draft Prospect #2: Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan
Though the Jets drafted Michael Carter in the fourth round last year, it can never hurt to have another quality running back. If the team clears up needs at receiver and pass rusher early, they will have more options in later rounds.
If the Jets draft Hasaan Haskins, the pressure on Zach Wilson won’t be as high in 2022. Haskins was highly productive during his time with Michigan and would be a massive boost to the Jets’ offense. He is agile, has excellent size, and can easily make defenders miss tackles. This season, he totaled over 1,300 yards and was a huge reason why Michigan was such a great team.
If the team looks to select a backup running back in the fourth or fifth round, Haskins, if available, should be their top choice. He would help this offense a lot, even in his rookie season. Pairing him with Carter would make one of the league’s better running back duos.
Draft Prospect #3: Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson
While the Jets upgraded their secondary in free agency two weeks ago, depth is still needed. Even though he would probably be a rotational player or an injury fill-in, Joe Douglas should target Mario Goodrich. In 2021 with the Clemson Tigers, he recorded 42 tackles and two interceptions. Additionally, he returned one interception for six points.