With Kayvon Thibodeaux’s draft stock slipping, should the N.Y. Jets take the Oregon pass rusher if he’s there at No. 4?

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Armed with two of the top 10 picks in the draft, the New York Jets have more options than most.

Need an offensive tackle to help protect Zach Wilson? How about the top safety or center? Or a receiver to pair with Wilson? Or a lockdown cornerback?

And who couldn’t use a top pass rusher?

Well, that depends on who that pass rusher is.

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux has been listed as a top 3 player throughout most of the season, but with the Combine starting this week and the draft less than two months away, Thibodeaux has seen his stock start to slip.

How far?

The Jets might be faced with drafting or passing on Thibodeaux two times.

As mentioned previously, both of the draft’s top pass rushers, including Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, come with injury concerns. Hutchinson, though, remains firmly entrenched as a top-3 prospect, especially after his historic performance this past season in which he set the school sack record with 14.

But that hasn’t been the case with Thibodeaux in recent weeks, as he’s seen his draft stock slip outside of the top 3.

The news picked up steam last week when respected NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated mock draft. As expected, Hutchinson was the first pass rusher selected, with Jeremiah mocking him to Detroit with the No. 2 overall pick. The next pass rusher off the board? Travon Walker of Georgia. Jeremiah has Walker going to the New York Giants with the fifth-overall pick.

You have to go down to pick No. 8 overall, Atlanta, before Thibodeaux goes off the board.