3 Draft Picks the Jets Need to Make to Build Around Zach Wilson

Larry Rupp
Three draft picks the New York Jets need to make to build around quarterback Zach Wilson.
Three draft picks the New York Jets need to make to build around quarterback Zach Wilson. / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have a golden opportunity to quicken their rebuild given they own a total of nine picks within the first five rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. Keep in mind that includes two top-10 selections. Surrounding quarterback Zach Wilson with help should be atop the list of priorities.

Wilson posted a 3-10 record during his rookie year and struggled with turnovers. Taking that next step during his sophomore season would go much smoother if he is surrounded by talent. With that being said, here are three draft picks the Jets need to make in order to build around their young QB.

New York Jets NFL Draft

1. Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

The Jets are smack dab in the middle of the conversation when it comes which team will take the first offensive lineman off the board. New York gave up the fourth-most sacks in 2021 (53.0) and could not give Wilson enough time in the pocket to go through his reads. Ikem Ekwonu out of NC State would fit in Mike LaFleur's system well given his athleticism and size (6-foot-4, 310 pounds). He excels as a run-blocker and could pave the way for Michael Carter in the backfield. As for his pass protection, Ekwonu gave up only 3.0 sacks across 819 offensive snaps played in 2021. It's clear that he can make an impact no matter what play is being called.

2. Drake London, WR, USC

Taking a wide receiver at No. 10 overall cannot be ruled out here after the Jets finished tied for the fifth-fewest receiving touchdowns in the NFL last season (20). Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios have proven they can thrive in getting the ball down the field in an efficient manner. They are hardly mismatches once the Jets get into the red zone, though. That is why Drake London is such an intriguing option. The USC standout scored 7 touchdowns during his junior season and racked up a total of 1,084 yards. He stands at 6-foot-4 and has the hand skills to come down with 50/60 balls. London lines up as the perfect downfield target for Wilson.

3. Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama

It was only one year ago that the Jets drafted running back Michael Carter in the fourth round to take over their backfield. He averaged a serviceable 45.6 rushing yards per game in 2021, but could benefit from having a bruiser of a running mate. That's where Brian Robinson comes in. The 6-foot-1, 228 pound back out of Alabama has experience in goal-line carries and short-yardage situations. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry across a total of 55 career games and came out of nowhere to score 16 touchdowns during his senior season. Robinson's footwork is above average for a player his size, too, which makes him the perfect day three target for general manager Joe Douglas.

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